SC Asks UP Govt to Upgrade SIT Probing of Lakhimpur Kheri case

The Supreme Court on Monday observed that that the Special Investigation Team constituted by the UP Police to investigate the case needs to be upgraded, as it consists mostly of officers in the grade of Sub Inspectors from the Lakhimpur Kheri region.

The bench, headed by Chief Justice of India NV Ramana, asked Senior Advocate Harish Salve, who represented the UP government, to circulate the names of IPS officers of UP cadre who do not hail from UP, for inclusion in the SIT.

Meanwhile, the UP government agreed to Supreme Court’s recommendations that a retired high court judge monitors the SIT probe in Lakhimpur Kheri violence case.

The bench will pass order on Wednesday, announcing the name of the judge who will overlook the investigation. It said it will take a day’s time as it is considering former Punjab and Haryana High Court Judge Rakesh Kumar Jain and others.


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