The Uttar Pradesh government on Monday agreed to the Supreme Court’s suggestion to appoint a former High Court judge from outside the state to oversee the investigation into the Lakhimpur violence, reported Live Law.
In the last hearing, the Supreme Court had directed the state to appoint a former High Court judge and suggested the names of Justices Rakesh Kumar Jain and Ranjit Singh.
“Somehow, we are not confident of state judicial committee overseeing,” Justice Surya Kant had said on the November 8 hearing. Kant suggested that the High Court judge could independently monitor the investigation till chargesheets were filed.
During Monday’s hearing, the Supreme Court took note of the Uttar Pradesh government’s submission and listed the matter for hearing on Wednesday to finalise on the name of the judge.
“We need one more day time,” Chief Justice of India NV Ramana said. “We are considering Rakesh Jain or any other judge. We also need to talk to the judge concerned.”
Meanwhile, senior advocate Arun Bharadwaj, appearing for the widow of one of the persons killed in the violence, requested the bench to appoint a retired judge of the Supreme Court.
“We’ll look into it, we can consider it,” Ramana said. “Lets see which judge will accept the assignment.”
The bench, also comprising Justices Kant and Hima…