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UP Farmers’ Killings: The Supreme Court Will Decide On Bail For Minister’s Son Tomorrow

The Supreme Court is set to rule on Monday on a plea seeking the termination of bail for Ashish Mishra, the son of Union minister Ajay Mishra, in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence case.

A bench led by Chief Justice NV Ramana is expected to issue its decision at 10:30 a.m. on Monday.

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On April 4, the Supreme Court reserved its decision on a petition filed by farmers seeking the termination of Ashish Mishra’s bail.

The Supreme Court had previously voiced concerns over the Allahabad High Court’s decision to give bail to Ashish Mishra, arguing that superfluous information like the postmortem report and type of the wounds should not have been included while the trial had yet to begin.

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The special bench, which also included Justices Surya Kant and Hima Kohli, took particular note of the fact that the state administration did not file an appeal against the high court’s ruling, as indicated by the Supreme Court-appointed SIT.

The bench had taken note of the views of prominent advocates Dushyant Dave and Prashant Bhushan, who were representing farmers, that the high court did not scrutinise the full charge sheet and instead relied on the FIR in which it was stated that one person was shot.

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The state’s senior lawyer, Mahesh Jethmalani, had stated that the accused was not a flight risk and had no criminal past. The bail was granted after the high court considered the evidence, including the postmortem report, which revealed that the deceased had no gunshot injuries.

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