The Supreme Court’s sharp rebuke to the UP government for its inaction in arresting the accused in Lakhimpur Kheri violent incident should serve as a wake-up call to the administration.
The apex court said on Friday that law must take its course against “whoever is involved’’ while it came down heavily on the UP government over Lakhimpur Kheri violence in which eight people, including four farmers, were mowed down by a convoy. The incident has sparked nationwide outrage. While slamming the state government, the court said: “We are not satisfied with the action so far.”
Chief Justice N V Raman said that things have not proceeded the way they should have. Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Mishra’s son Ashish is named in the FIR as an accused. He skipped the police summons on Friday and is stated to be untraceable, clearly indicating the complicity of the law-keepers in doing nothing to nab him. If the faith of the people has to remain intact in the justice system, the police as the first responder should act swiftly in this case without any further delay. Those occupying high offices have a responsibility and moral duty to show that they are law-abiding citizens and not evade the process.