Ashish Mishra and two others were denied bail in the Lakhimpur Kheri case by an Uttar Pradesh court

16th Nov,2021

Ashish Mishra and two others were denied bail in the Lakhimpur Kheri case by an Uttar Pradesh court



The bail application of Union minister Ajay Mishra's son Ashish Mishra, the main accused in the Lakhimpur Kheri incident, where eight persons were killed after being reportedly mowed down by Mishra's vehicle, was recently denied by a local court in Uttar Pradesh. Sessions Judge Mukesh Mishra issued the judgement dismissing the bail request. According to The Indian Express, government lawyer Arvind Tripathi told the press that the court had rejected the bail application since the matter is "of serious nature and the inquiry is still on." Mishra's bail application was denied by the Chief Judicial Magistrate in Lakhimpur Kheri last month.

The total number of arrests in the case has now grown to 13, with Mishra among them. A four-wheeler belonging to Mishra, the son of Union Minister for State Ajay Mishra Teni, mowed down eight persons, including farmers protesting recently imposed Farm Laws. Mishra was arrested by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) on October 9 after a 12-hour interrogation and sentenced to three days in police custody. The Supreme Court stated on November 15 that the SITm probe should be overseen by a retired High Court judge from a separate state.
This came after the Court expressed its dissatisfaction with the judicial commission set up by the Uttar Pradesh (UP) government to oversee the investigation. The Uttar Pradesh government appointed retired Allahabad High Court judge Justice Pradeep Kumar Srivastava to head a one-man commission to oversee the probe. On Wednesday, November 17, the Supreme Court is expected to issue an order establishing a judicial commission.