Lakhimpur Kheri case: Accused Ashish Mishra to walk out of jail today after HC corrects bail order

Lakhimpur Kheri case: Accused Ashish Mishra to walk out of jail today after HC corrects bail order
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FILE – Ashish Mishra and other accused in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence case being produced in a court

Highlights

  • Ashish Mishra is in jail in connection with the death of four farmers in Lakhimpur Kheri
  • The Allahabad High Court on Monday granted bail to Ashish Mishra in connection with the incident
  • Eight people, including four farmers, were killed in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri on October 3

Ashish Mishra, son of Union minister of state for Home minister Ajay Mishra on Tuesday is set to walk out of the jail, where he is currently lodged in connection with the death of four farmers in Lakhimpur Kheri. In its revised order, the Allahabad High Court on Monday granted bail to Ashish Mishra in connection with the October 2021 incident. 

Earlier on Friday, Ashish Mishra had moved the Lucknow bench of the High Court seeking insertion of sections 302 (murder) and 120 B (criminal conspiracy) of IPC that were “inadvertently” not mentioned in the high court order as the jail authorities would not release him due to the omission.

“It is a mere typographical error, while the court already considered the bail under these sections too and, as such, the same may be allowed making the addition of these sections in the order,” said the application.

A bench of Justice Rajeev Singh on Monday passed the order on the correction application.

In the bail order passed on Thursday, sections 147, 148, 149, 307, 326, 427 read with section 34 of IPC, section 30 of the Arms Act and section 177 of the Motor Vehicle Act were mentioned, but section 302 and section 120 (B) were left out.

Eight people, including four farmers, were killed in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri on October 3 in violence that erupted during a farmers’ protest.

SKM condemns Allahabad HC’s decision 

Meanwhile, the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) has condemned the Allahabad High Court’s decision granting bail to Ashish Mishra in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence case and said the order blurs the hope of a fair investigation and justice in the matter.

“The order of the Allahabad High Court granting bail to the chief accused in the Lakhimpur Kheri murder case, Ashish Mishra alias Monu, is unfortunate and surprising. The brutal case of four farmers and a journalist being crushed to death in broad daylight by the son of a Union minister was a trial for the rule of law across the country. In such a case, despite clear evidence, the murder accused getting bail so soon, and that too on the first day of elections in Uttar Pradesh, is a matter of surprise,” the umbrella organisation of over 40 farmer unions said in a statement.

“It is also surprising that without any proof, it has been speculated by the high court that the driver must have driven the vehicle over the crowd in panic. The comments made by the court on the (farmers’) agitation without any context are unwarranted. The court granting bail to Ashish Mishra without considering the firm possibility of a politically powerful accused influencing the witnesses is extremely disappointing. This order blurs the hope of a fair investigation and justice in this heinous murder case,” it added.

The SKM, which spearheaded a farmers’ agitation against three agriculture laws of the Centre, demanded that the government should immediately file an appeal against the high court decision.

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