The United Kisan Morcha (SKM), a coalition of over forty Indian farmer unions, expressed surprise at the Supreme Court’s order granting interim bail for eight weeks to Union Minister Ajay Kumar Mishra’s son Ashish Mishra.
Mishra is accused of running over four farmers with his car in Lakhimpur Kheri during the 2021 farmers’ protest. He was arrested on 9 October and granted bail in February 2022.
The Uttar Pradesh government had last week opposed Mishra’s bail plea in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence case. He had moved the Supreme Court challenging the Allahabad High Court which had refused him bail in connection with the case.
The SKM said in a statement that Mishra “ran over four farmers and a journalist with his vehicle in broad daylight at Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh.”
Supreme Court directs Mishra to leave UP within a week live law Reported. As per the directions, he can neither reside in the National Capital Territory of Delhi nor in UP for eight weeks during which his interim bail will remain. He can enter Uttar Pradesh only to participate in the proceedings of the trial court.
“It is of little consolation that the order states that Mishra will have to leave UP within a week of his release and cannot live in UP or the NCT of Delhi. It is well known that the minister has targeted those opposing him and the BJP. The killing of farmers was a follow-up act of excessive and unproven violence by the government and farmers,” the statement read.
During the hearing, the apex court decided to implement automatically self motivation Powers to grant interim bail to four accused Gurvinder Singh, Kawaljit Singh, Gurpreet Singh and Vichitra Singh in a case relating to the lynching of two BJP workers and the driver of a car, live law Notified separately.
The SKM said Mishra is a powerful politician linked to the ruling BJP and his release would greatly intimidate witnesses and jeopardize the trial. “It may be noted that the BJP-led UP state government was complacent in arresting and charging Ashish Mishra and eventually the Supreme Court had to order an independent inquiry and action. This can only be imagined That’s how Mishra will be lax.” Twist and pervert the course of justice,” the statement further read.
Further, the SKM termed Ashish Mishra and his father Ajay Mishra as “a menace to the society and they cannot be allowed to create havoc in the society”.
“SKM will keep vigil to ensure that Ajay Mishra does not start another reign of terror and humbly submit that the Supreme Court should cancel the interim bail and in no case extend it further,” it concluded.