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Lakhimpur Kheri case: Farmer’s family moves plea against bail to prime accused Ashish Mishra

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The family menbers of those farmers, who lost their lives in Lakhimpur Kheri incident, on Tuesday moved the Supreme Court against bail granted to prime accused Ashish Mishra.

Ashish Misra, son of Union minister Ajay Misra, was arrested on October 9, 2021, in connection with the violence that erupted in UP’s Lakhimpur Kheri district on October 3. He was granted bail on February 10, 2022,
Family members of Lakhimpur Kheri case victims moved the Supreme Court on Monday, seeking cancellation of bail granted to Ashish Misra.
The petitioners claimed that they were forced to move the Supreme Court after the state government did not challenge the high court’s order.
The petition, filed by advocate Prashant Bhushan, raised questions over the SIT probe and the UP government. It claimed that the High Court did not consider the concrete evidence given against Misra while granting bail because chargesheet had not come on the record of the court till then.
Bail was granted only on the basis of FIR, the petition claimed.

While farmers’ outfits alleged that Ashish Misra was inside a car that ran over the four farmers, the Union minister’s son denied the claims.
On November 9, the Forensic Science Laboratory confirmed that shots had been fired from the licensed guns of accused Ankit Das and Ashish Misra during the Lakhimpur Kheri violence.

This is the second petition filed in the Supreme Court challenging Ashish Misra’s bail.

Eight people were killed on October 3 after violence erupted during a farmers’ protest, claiming the lives of farmers and BJP workers ahead of a visit to Lakhimpur by Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya. Four of the dead were people in cars that were part of a convoy of BJP workers who had come to welcome the UP minister. The four others were farmers.

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