The Supreme Court has granted permission for a Union minister’s son to visit his ill mother in Delhi in the Lakhimpur Kheri case.
Ashish Mishra’s mother is said to be in the RML hospital in New Delhi, while his daughter requires therapy for limb deformity.
The Supreme Court gave Ashish Mishra, the principal accused in the 2021 Lakhimpur Kheri riots that claimed eight lives, permission to travel and stay in Delhi to care for his ailing mother and daughter. The Supreme Court gave Mishra, the son of Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Mishra Teni, an eight-week interim bail in January, but he was not allowed to enter the national capital or Uttar Pradesh.
A panel of Justices Surya Kant and Dipankar Datta told Mishra not to engage in any public function or address the media in connection with the case after hearing his appeal for modification of the interim bail condition.
Mishra’s mother is said to be in the RML hospital in New Delhi, while his daughter requires therapy for limb deformity.
Case of violence in Lakhimpur Kheri
On October 3, 2021, eight persons were killed in Lakhimpur Kheri’s district Tikunia after farmers protested the visit of then-Uttar Pradesh deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya.
According to the UP Police FIR, four farmers were killed by an SUV driven by Ashish Mishra. Following this, the driver of the SUV and two BJP volunteers were allegedly lynched by enraged farmers. According to the FIR, a journalist was also killed in the violence.
After a daylong interrogation by the Special Investigation Team (SIT), Ashish was detained on October 9, 2021. The high court granted him bail on February 15, 2022. However, he was forced to surrender on April 24, 2022, after the Supreme Court overturned his bail decision.
In January of this year, a panel of Justices Surya Kant and JK Maheshwari granted Mishra temporary release for eight weeks and announced that the Supreme Court will watch the trial.