A Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice NV Ramana on Thursday sparked a major political controversy over the alleged involvement of a Union minister’s son – the violence in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri in which eight people, including four farmers, were killed. will be picked up by
The court has decided to take up the matter amid growing uproar over the investigation by the Uttar Pradesh Police, media reports and letters written by two state lawyers to the Chief Justice.
Farmers have vowed to intensify their months-long agitation against laws aimed at liberalizing agriculture as tensions escalated after eight people were killed in clashes between protesters and supporters of the ruling party on Sunday.
Protest leaders said four of the eight died when a car belonging to Ashish, son of Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra, collided with protesters in the state of Uttar Pradesh. And yet four days later, despite being named in the police complaint, he was yet to be arrested.
Police have said that they were investigating the accident and registered a case against 13 people, including Ashish Mishra, while his father refused to resign and held a meeting with Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Delhi.
Mr Mishra said his son was not present at the incident, but a car driven by “our driver” lost control and hit him after farmers threw stones at the car and attacked him with sticks and swords. Ashish Mishra has also declined to appear and remains at large.
A coalition of protest groups on Monday called for a court-monitored probe into the violence in a petition to President Ram Nath Kovind.
The law that farmers object to, introduced in September last year, regulates the sector, allowing farmers to sell produce to buyers beyond government-regulated wholesale markets, where producers are assured a minimum price. goes.
Small farmers say the changes leave them vulnerable to competition from big business, and they may eventually lose price support for staples such as wheat and rice.
The government says reforms in this sector, which accounts for about 15 percent of the $2.7 trillion economy, mean new opportunities and better prices for farmers.
India’s longest-running agrarian protest threatens the BJP’s re-election prospects when India’s most populous state of Uttar Pradesh goes to polls early next year.