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Ashish Mishra surrenders before court, sent to jail

He has surrendered a day before the deadline fixed by the top court.

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Lakhimpur Kheri (UP): Son of Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra Teni and main accused in Tikunia violence case, Ashish Mishra surrendered before a local court here on Sunday after his bail was cancelled by the Supreme Court earlier this week.

Sources said that Ashish Mishra gave an application to the District Judge Mukesh Mishra and sought his permission. After that he surrendered before the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) from where he was directly taken to the jail.

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He has surrendered a day before the deadline fixed by the top court. It may be noted that on April 18 in a major rap to the Allahabad High Court, the Supreme Court had cancelled bail granted to Lakhimpur Kheri violence accused Ashish Mishra following a plea by families of victims, who were crushed under an SUV.

The top court also took a strong view of the high court order passed earlier, calling it one being granted in a hurry as it asked the Allahabad Bench to reexamine its order.

A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice NV Ramana had passed the order and directed Minister for State (Home) Ajay Mishra’s son to surrender within a week. It also asked the Allahabad High Court to examine afresh whether the accused should have been granted bail.

The apex court said the “high court had considered irrelevant factors and showed unwarranted hurry to grant him bail”. The judgement came on the plea seeking direction for cancellation of Mishra junior’s bail.

In October 2021, at the peak of a nearly a-year-long farm protest that started November 26, 2020, in a major violent incident in Lakhimpur Kheri district, four farmers were mowed down by an SUV while protesting Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya’s visit to the area.

Video footage showed the SUV that allegedly belonged to Teni and Ashish Mishra was accused of being present in it while the incident happened. The bail to Ashish amid the Uttar Pradesh Assembly poll process raised a lot of questions. 

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