- The Lucknow Bench of Allahabad High Court on Monday denied giving relief to Ashish Mishra
- While canceling Mishra’s bail, SC had also asked the High Court to decide his bail plea
- Ashish Mishra is the prime accused in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence case
The Lucknow Bench of Allahabad High Court on Monday denied giving relief to Ashish Mishra, the key accused in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence case. The bench rejected his fresh bail petition and directed the Uttar Pradesh government to present its side on the petition by May 25.
The court also rejected the bail pleas of Lavkush, Ankit Das, Sumit Jaiswal and Shishupal who were also involved in the violence. Referring to the charge sheet, the court observed that all four accused were "actively involved" in the planning and participation of the heinous offense committed in a "cruel, diabolic and inhuman manner" and did not deserve bail.
On April 18, the Supreme Court canceled the bail granted to Ashish Mishra and asked him to surrender in a week, saying the victims were denied a fair and effective hearing in the Allahabad High Court, which adopted a "myopic view of the evidence".
Mishra, son of Union Minister Ajai Mishra Teni, is a prime accused in the October 3 last year violence case in Lakhimpur. He had allegedly plowed his SUV into the crowd of protesting farmers crushing four of them to death on the spot. Two BJP workers, a scribe and a driver had lost their lives in the violence.
On April 25, Mishra surrendered at a local court in Lakhimpur Kheri after the Supreme Court set aside the Allahabad HC order granting him bail. While canceling his bail, the Supreme Court had also asked the High Court to decide his bail plea afresh.
The Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court had in February granted regular bail to Ashish Mishra, observing that the present case was one of "accident by hitting with the vehicle".
The apex court had held that the High Court took into account irrelevant considerations and gave extra weightage to the contents of the FIR. The High Court had on February 10 granted bail to Mishra who had spent four months in custody.