The Supreme Court on Tuesday gives directions to the Uttar Pradesh government. It directed the government to provide protection to the witnesses in the October 3 violence in Lakhimpur Kheri. The violence has claimed the lives of 8 persons, including four farmers.
A Bench of Chief Justice of India NV Ramana, Justice Surya Kant, and Hima Kohli hear the case. It directed the Uttar Pradesh Police to expedite the recording of eye-witnesses’ statements before the judicial magistrate. SC also urges the police to speed up forensic reports of video evidence.
SC directed that Judicial Magistrate will record the statement of relevant with witnesses. They will record the statement under Section 164 of the Code of Criminal Procedure. Supreme Court further said that if there is any difficulty in the recording of the statements due to unavailability of Magistrate. The District Judge concerned has to ensure that the recording of the statement.
About the hearing of Supreme Court
Today, the Uttar Pradesh government has filed its second status report regarding the investigation. Senior advocate Harish Salve further told the Bench that they have recorded 30 out 68 statements of eye-witnesses.
To this, CJI asked,” Your case and other case is that there were hundreds of farmers… Out of them only 23 witnesses?
Uttar Pradesh government tells the apex court that people have seen the car. They have also seen the people were inside the car.
Further, the bench told Salve,” Ask your agency, see there are more than 23 witnesses. Eye witness evidence is more credible. It is always better to have first-hand evidence.”
Lakhimpur Kheri violence case | Uttar Pradesh government tells Supreme Court that people have seen the car and the people who were inside the car.
The court tells UP govt that if the eye witness is more credible than a bystander then it is best to have first-hand information
— ANI (@ANI) October 26, 2021
Moreover, Salve asked CJI if he can show some of the statements of witnesses. Salve also told the apex court that they have given the advertisement. It urges people to come forward to give evidence. After that, we have recorded several digital video evidence.
During the hearing, the apex court also enquired if any injured witnesses are there. Salve said, there were 3-4 injured witnesses. The bench further asked the state government to file separate replies on an investigation on the killing of Journalist Raman Kashyap. Along with the journalist, there was also the killing of Shyam Sundar of which SC directs the state.
Further, the family of two of them complained that the police were not doing anything.
The Bench now posted the matter for hearing on November 8.
Earlier, in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence, the apex court said that they were not satisfied with the state government’s investigation. The Bench earlier said that Uttar Pradesh police was “dragging its feet” in its investigation.