The Supreme Court on Monday criticised the Uttar Pradesh government for not providing enough details in its status report on the police’s investigation into the Lakhimpur Kheri violence, Live Law reported. The court has pulled up the police in connection with the case multiple times.

Justice Surya Kant, who was part of the bench hearing the case, said that the court 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,” he said.

Kant suggested that the High Court judge could independently monitor the investigation till chargesheets were filed.

Chief Justice of India NV Ramana said there was nothing in the status report on the investigation except a statement that some more witnesses had been examined.

“We granted 10 days adjournment,” Chief Justice Ramana said. “[Forensic] Lab reports haven’t come. It’s not what we expected.”

Senior advocate Harish Salve, appearing for the Uttar Pradesh government, told the court that the reports are expected to arrive by November 15.

In the previous hearing, the court had asked the state government to identify more eyewitnesses, and to provide protection to witnesses. The court had expressed surprise when Salve said that only 23 witnesses had been identified so far.

Justice Hima Kohli on Monday…

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