The Supreme Court on Wednesday granted eight weeks interim bail to Union Minister Ajay Kumar Mishra’s son Ashish Mishra in the 2021 Lakhimpur Kheri violence case. A bench of Justices Suryakanth and JK Maheshwari directed that Ashish neither stay in Uttar Pradesh nor in Delhi during the interim bail period.
The court also said it would monitor the trial. On October 3, 2021, eight people were killed in Takonia in Lakhimpur Kheri district where violence broke out when farmers were protesting against the then Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya’s visit to the area.
According to the Uttar Pradesh Police FIR, four farmers were run over by an SUV in which Ashish was sitting.
Following the incident, the driver of the SUV and two BJP workers were allegedly beaten to death by angry farmers. A journalist was also killed in the violence.
The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court had rejected Ashish Mishra’s bail plea on July 26 last year. He had challenged the High Court order in the Supreme Court.