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Supreme Court implements Suo Moto Powers in Lakhimpur

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Suo Moto cases are instances wherein the High Courts and the Supreme court of India using their inherent powers initiate a hearing by taking cognizance of any matter on its own, without anybody filing any appeal or write a petition. 

Eight people were killed on October 3 as violence erupted during a farmers’ protest claiming the lives of both farmers and BJP workers ahead of a visit to Lakhimpur by Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya. The Supreme Court has decided to hear on Thursday the Lakhimpur Kheri case of Indian state Uttar Pradesh in which eight people, including four farmers, were killed as violence erupted during a farmers’ protest. 

Lakhimpur Kheri district is the largest district in Uttar Pradesh, India, on the border with Nepal. Its administrative capital is the city of Lakhimpur.

The  opposition political parties have started attacking the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government in the state and at the Centre, demanding justice for the farmers who were killed during Sunday’s violence. The farmers claim that a car from convoy belonging to BJP’s Union minister Ajay Mishra Teni’s son Ashish ran over the protesters in Tikonia area who were coming back after holding a demonstration against Centre’s three farm laws. Later on, the BJP  minister has agreed that the car belongs to him. 

The protesting farmers claimed that a convoy of three SUVs linked to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders made their way from Lakhimpur to Tikonia. The farmers say that an SUV being driven by Ashish Mishra knocked down four protesters.  After these killings protest started, following which the state government started negotiations with the farmers. The two sides reached a conclusion after the government agreed to listen to all the demands of the farmers.

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