Supreme Court granted interim bail for eight weeks to Ashish Mishra in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence case with conditions on Wednesday. Ashish is the son of Union Minister Ajay Mishra. Ashish Mishra cannot live in Uttar Pradesh or Delhi and its nearby areas while he is out on bail. He has been ordered to leave Uttar Pradesh within one week. The Supreme Court said any attempt by Ashish Mishra or his family to influence witnesses would lead to his bail being canceled.
The Uttar Pradesh government on Jan 19 opposed in the Supreme Court the bail plea of Union Minister Ajay Kumar Mishra’s son Ashish, who is one of the accused in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence case of October 2021 in which eight people were mowed down at Tikunia area.
Additional Advocate General for Uttar Pradesh Garima Prashad told a bench of Justice Surya Kant and Justice J K Maheshwari that the crime is grave. “It is a grave and heinous crime and will send a wrong signal to society,” she said.
The Supreme Court reserved an order on the plea filed by Ashish Mishra challenging the Allahabad High Court order which denied bail to him in connection with the Lakhimpur Kheri violence case.
According to the Uttar Pradesh Police FIR, four farmers were mowed down by an SUV, in which Ashish Mishra was seated. Following the incident, a driver and two BJP workers were allegedly lynched by angry farmers. A journalist also died in the violence.