The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court had rejected Ashish Mishra's bail plea on July 26 last year. Ashish Mishra challenged the order of the High Court in the apex court.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court has given its verdict on the bail plea of Ashish Mishra, son of Union Minister Ajay Kumar Mishra, accused in the 2021 Lakhimpur Kheri violence case. The Supreme Court has given interim bail to Ashish Mishra. Ashish Mishra, who has been in jail for more than a year, has got interim bail for 8 weeks in the Lakhimpur Kheri case. During this he will not stay in Delhi.
Along with this, the Supreme Court has also ordered to leave Uttar Pradesh within a week and surrender the passport. A bench of Justice Suryakant and Justice JK Maheshwari has given this order. On January 19, the Supreme Court bench had reserved its order on the interim bail application of Ashish Mishra.
The Supreme Court, while granting interim bail to Ashish Mishra, said that if the witnesses were threatened, the bail would be cancelled. If it is found that Mishra is trying to delay the trial, it would be a valid ground to cancel his bail. Ashish Mishra will tell the court about his location.
Any attempt by Ashish Mishra or his family member to influence the witness will lead to cancellation of bail. Ashish Mishra will not go to UP except participating in the trial. Also, they will have to attend the police station under their jurisdiction. The Supreme Court has asked the trial court to complete the trial soon. The next hearing of the case will be on March 14. The Supreme Court will decide after 8 weeks whether Ashish Mishra’s bail should be extended or not.
The Supreme Court has also granted interim bail to four farmers locked in another case related to this. In this case, there is an allegation of lynching after the incident. Taking suo moto cognizance, the court has given interim bail for 8 weeks in this case also.
On October 3, 2021, violence broke out after eight people died in Tikunia in Lakhimpur Kheri district. This incident took place when the farmers were protesting against the visit of Keshav Prasad Maurya, the then Deputy Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. According to the Uttar Pradesh Police’s FIR, an SUV ran over four farmers, in which Ashish Mishra was sitting. Following the incident, the driver of the SUV and two BJP workers were allegedly beaten to death by angry farmers. A journalist also died in the violence.
The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court had rejected Ashish Mishra’s bail plea on July 26 last year. Ashish Mishra challenged the order of the High Court in the apex court. The Supreme Court had said during the hearing on January 19 that an accused should not be kept in prison for an indefinite period, until the crime is proved. However, the apex court had reserved its decision.
On October 3, 2021, Ashish Mishra’s SUV allegedly ran over four farmers and a journalist at Lakhimpur Kheri during a protest march against three controversial farm laws. He was arrested days later.