“Justice Jain-manned commission will ensure impartiality and independence of the investigation,” the Supreme Court said. “The investigation will be by SIT [Special Investigation Team] under Justice Jain and matter will be listed after chargesheet is filed.”
The Supreme Court appointed three more police officers – SB Shirodkar, Deepinder Singh and Padmaja Chauhan – to the Special Investigation Team. They all are from outside Uttar Pradesh, PTI reported.
Violence had broken out in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri district on October 3 during a protest against the Centre’s three new farm laws. Eight people, including four farmers, were killed.
The Supreme Court had taken up the Lakhimpur Kheri case on October 7 after a request for intervention from two lawyers from Uttar Pradesh. In subsequent hearings, the judges had repeatedly expressed dissatisfaction at the Uttar Pradesh government’s handling of the investigation.
At a hearing on November 8, the court had said that it was was inclined to appoint a former judge of a different High Court to monitor the case. “Somehow, we are not confident of state judicial committee overseeing,” Justice Surya Kant had said.
The court was pointing to a single-member commission of retired Allahabad High Court judge Pradeep Kumar Srivastava appointed by the Uttar Pradesh government to conduct an inquiry into the violence.