NEW DELHI: The Uttar Pradesh government on Friday informed the Supreme Court that it will appoint a retired HC judge by Monday to supervise the SIT probe into the October 3 Lakhimpur Kheri violence incidents — mowing down of four farmers, lynching of three accused and the alleged murder of a journalist.
A bench of Chief Justice N V Ramana and Justices Surya kant and Hima Kohli had expressed dissatisfaction over pace and quality of SIT probe and told the UP government on November 8 that there was an urgent need to appoint a retired HC judge from outside the state to supervise the probe so as not to mix up evidence in three distinct incidents which took place within a short span of time on October 3.
The court had suggested names of former Punjab and Haryana HC judges — Ranjit Singh and Rakesh Kumar Jain — and asked the state to appoint one of them to supervise the probe. When the court gave the option to the state to either make the appointment on its own or under court direction, senior advocate Harish Salve had said UP would do so on its own and that a court direction would not be needed.
On Friday, Salve informed the court that he had been able to convince the state government to appoint a retired judge for the task of supervision. “I have convinced them and the appointment will be made by Monday,” he said. The bench adjourned the hearing of the case till Monday. Asked which of the two former judges has been chosen for appointment for supervision of the SIT probe, Salve told TOI that “the decision would be made by Monday and duly informed to the court”.




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