The Supreme Court stated Friday that a CBI inquiry into the Lakhimpur Kheri tragedy is "not a remedy, because of the personalities involved"
The Supreme Court stated Friday that a CBI inquiry into the Lakhimpur Kheri tragedy is "not a remedy, because of the personalities involved" as it heard a public interest lawsuit, over the violence that killed eight people, including four farmers, on Sunday.
Chief Justice NV Ramana told senior lawyer Harish Salve, "CBI is not a solution, for reasons known to you, because of the persons, better some other person looks into this."
The court's remark came in response to one of the petitioners' requests, which was that the inquiry into the Lakhimpur Kheri event is conducted by a central body.
The court asked Salve if there has been a request by the Uttar Pradesh government for the CBI to help in the case, to which Salve replied, "State has not made such a request entirely in your lordships' hands if you are not satisfied with the investigation, hand it over to the CBI."
"Mr Salve, we have respect for you. We hope the state will take the necessary steps, due to the sensitive issue. We are not making comments but CBI is not a solution," the CJI responded.
Given that a Union Minister's son is among those charged, the top court's hesitation to hand over the case to the CBI may be seen as a worry about the agency's capacity to conduct an unbiased probe.
A convoy of automobiles drove into a gathering of farmers staging a protest in Lakhimpur Kheri this weekend, at least one of which belonged to Union Minister Ajay Mishra.
Four farmers were murdered in the collision, and four others, including a journalist and a BJP worker, were slain in the ensuing battle that set two vehicles on fire.
Farmers believe the minister's son, Ashish, was driving the lead car, an SUV, and that he has yet to be apprehended.
Ashish Mishra was called for interrogation today, about a week after the event and after the Supreme Court grilled the Uttar Pradesh government and police.
He, on the other hand, ignored the summons, leaving a top UP Police officer in the dark.
Senior UP police officers have stated that no one will be "spared." "Technical proof is indestructible. It can't be manipulated in any way "Prashant Kumar, the ADGP, stated.
All accusations have been rejected by Ashish Mishra and his father. The automobile belonged to Mr Mishra's family, but neither he nor his son was in it when the event occurred, said, Mr Mishra.
Ajay Mishra's resignation has also been demanded. Mr Mishra met with his employer, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, this week, and official sources said he was unlikely to resign.