The Supreme Court on Wednesday gave its verdict on the bail plea of Ashish Mishra, son of Union Minister Ajay Kumar Mishra, accused in the 2021 Lakhimpur Kheri violence case. The Supreme Court has granted interim bail to Ashish Mishra for eight weeks with conditions.
The conditions stated that he would have to leave UP within a week of being released on bail. The court imposed a condition that Ashish would have to tell the police his address and report to the police station every day. The court said that it cannot influence the witnesses in any way. He will not meet any of his witnesses. Along with this, the court has also granted interim bail to the 4 farmers who had beaten up the 4 accused in the Lakhimpur Kheri incident.
According to the list uploaded on the Supreme Court website on January 25, the bench of Justice Suryakant and Justice JK Maheshwari has given its verdict in this matter. On January 19, the Supreme Court bench had reserved the decision on the application of Ashish Mishra.
The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court had rejected Ashish Mishra’s bail plea on July 26 last year. Ashish Mishra challenged the order of the High Court in the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court, during a hearing on January 19, had said that an accused should not be kept in jail indefinitely until proven guilty. However, the Supreme Court had reserved its decision.
Opposing the bail plea, Additional Advocate General of Uttar Pradesh Garima Prasad said that it is a serious and heinous crime and giving bail would send a wrong message to the society. Apart from Ashish Mishra, 12 other accused in the case are still in jail.