New Delhi, October 13 (Agency)
A party delegation led by former Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday met President Ram Nath Kovind on the Lakhimpur Kheri violence case and urged him to sack Ajay Kumar Mishra ‘Teni’ from the post of Union Minister of State for Home. So that a fair investigation can be conducted and the victims families get justice. The party also said that a commission of two sitting judges of the Supreme Court or High Court should be constituted to investigate the matter and the President should direct the government in this regard. Apart from Rahul Gandhi, the Congress delegation included Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, senior leaders AK Antony, Ghulam Nabi Azad and party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi. The delegation also submitted a memorandum to the President in this regard.
After meeting the President, Rahul Gandhi told reporters, “The families whose members were crushed told that they want justice. They want that the person who committed this murder should be punished. He also said that the father of the person who committed the murder is the Minister of State for Home of the country and as long as that person is a minister, there can be no proper investigation.
Mishra’s statement cited
Referring to a statement of Mishra, the Congress leader said, “This person had said before the murder that if you do not improve, I will reform, had threatened the farmers.” We told the President that farmers cannot get justice as long as this person is a minister. Therefore, it should be probed through the two sitting judges of the Supreme Court. Priyanka Gandhi said, ‘Families of martyr farmers and journalist Ramesh Kashyap want justice. The inquiry should be done through the present judges. They believe that there cannot be a proper inquiry without the minister’s sacking.