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Lakhimpur Kheri case: Charges framed against Ashish Mishra, 13 others

A Lakhimpur Kheri court on Tuesday framed charges, including murder, against Ashish Mishra, son of Union minister of state for home affairs Ajay Mishra, and 13 others in relation with the killing of four farmers and a journalist in the district last year. The trial will begin on December 16.

A day before the court had rejected a discharge plea of Mishra and others. On the other hand, charges were framed against four accused of killing two BJP workers and a driver in retaliatory violence that followed the incident of mowing down the farmers.

Charges framed against Mishra and others include attempt to murder, murder, criminal conspiracy and other related offences, while seven accused including Mishra have also been charged with sections of Arms Act.

Mishra was granted bail by the high court in February, on the day Uttar Pradesh voted in the first phase of the assembly election, and he was subsequently released. However, a bench of the Supreme Court, led by the Chief Justice of India NV Ramana in April cancelled his bail and also indicted the high court for “hurrying” in granting relief to him. The apex court asked the high court to decide afresh Mishra’s bail plea while giving due hearing to the victims’ families and asked Mishra to surrender again.

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