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SC seeks status report from UP govt with details of FIR, arrest

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday directed the Uttar Pradesh government to file a status report on who are the accused against whom FIR has been filed in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence and how many of them have been arrested.

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A Bench of Chief Justice of India NV Ramana and Justices Surya Kant and Hima Kohli also sought a report from the state government on the status of the case registered in connection with the October 3 incident and the PILs in the matter before Allahabad High Court.

“It’s in the petition that eight persons, farmers and a journalist, and other persons have been killed. We need to know who are accused, against whom FIR has been filed, and if they have been arrested. Add that in your status report,” the Bench said.

The CJI also read a message received from advocate Amritpal Singh Khalsa that the mother of deceased Lovepreet Singh is in critical condition due to shock of her son’s death and directed the Uttar Pradesh government to get her admitted to the nearest medical facility immediately and extend all facilities to her.

As advocate Garima Prasad, appearing for the Uttar Pradesh government, told the Bench the Lakhimpur Kheri incident was “unfortunate”, the CJI said, “We also feel that way, eight people lost their lives”.

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Prasad said the entire incident will be properly looked into and investigation is proceeding. “We will file a report and FIR is there,” she said.

To this, the CJI said the grievance is that they were not investigating properly.

Prashad replied that a Commission of inquiry has been formed on Lakhimpur Kheri violence and a status report will be filed in the case.

The CJI then inquired about the status of the PIL filed before Allahabad HC in this connection. “Please also tell us what happened to the PIL before the Allahabad High Court,” he told Prashad.

During the hearing, the court was also informed that mother of one of the deceased farmers is in critical condition because of the shock of the loss of her son and was in need of immediate medical assistance. The bench directed the state government to provide her the necessary medical aid.

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