Lakhimpur Kheri violence: Ashish Mishra gets 8-week interim bail; can’t stay in Delhi or UP 

While granting interim bail to Mishra, the court invoked its suo motu powers to grant interim bail to the four accused in the related case pertaining to the lynching of two BJP workers and Mishra’s driver.  

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By: Ruby Sharma | Dharmendra Rajpoot | NEW DELHI
Updated: 25 January, 2023 6:44 pm IST

The Supreme Court on Wednesday granted interim bail of eight weeks to Ashish Mishra, the son of a Union minister and Bharatiya Janata Party leader Ajay Mishra, in the Lakhimpur Kheri case.

The apex court directed Mishra to leave Uttar Pradesh within a week. He has been barred from staying anywhere in Delhi-NCR or in UP for the next eight weeks. He is allowed to enter Uttar Pradesh only to attend trial court proceedings.

The bench in its order said that any attempt to threaten or intimidate witnesses will lead to bail cancellation.

While granting interim bail to Mishra, the court invoked its suo motu powers to grant interim bail to the four accused in the related case pertaining to the lynching of two BJP workers and Mishra’s driver.

The four accused are Gurwinder Singh, Kawaljeet Singh, Gurpreet Singh and Vichitra Singh. Their bail applications are pending at the Allahabad high court.

A bench of Justices Surya Kant and J.K. Maheshwari said while these were two separate FIRs, the place of occurrence and substratum of the incident are the same.

“As a necessary corollary, we, in exercise of suo motu constitutional powers, extend the benefit of interim bail to the undertrial accused involved in the other version also…,” the bench said.

Lakhimpur Kheri violence happened in October, 2021.

Misra is facing trial for a case of murder for an incident that took place on October 3, 2021, in which eight people, including four farmers, were killed in UP’s Lakhimpur Kheri. Misra allegedly ran over protesting farmers. Four farmers and one journalist were mowed down by the car.

In another event, two BJP leaders and the driver of Ajay Mishra were allegedly lynched by the protesting farmer’s mob.
A vehicle ramming attack and mob lynching incidents took place during the farm protest at Tikunia in Lakhimpur Kheri district of Uttar Pradesh on the same day.

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