The Uttar Pradesh government has appointed retired Allahabad High Court judge Pradeep Kumar Srivastava to inquire into the deaths of eight people in the Lakhimpur car accident last Sunday.
In a statement issued by the state home ministry, Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Avanish Kumar Awasthi said the one-man commission should complete the probe within two months from the date of publication of the notice.
Utilizing the powers conferred by Section 3 of the Commission of Inquiry Act, the Governor is pleased to appoint a retired Allahabad High Court Judge, Justice Pradeep Kumar Srivastava, as a single-member Commission of Inquiry with Lakhimpur Gary Headquarters. Given the nature of the investigation and other circumstances of the case, the Governor considers it necessary to do so, making it even more pleasing to proceed under subsection (1) of section 5. Law, Rules of Subdivisions (2). (3), (4) and (5) apply to the Commission on Section 5, ”read Awasthi’s letter.
Any change in the position of the Commission shall be made by order of the Government.
On Sunday, a team of three SUVs belonging to Union Home Minister Ajay Mishra collided with a group of anti-agricultural protesters in Lakhimpur Kerry, killing eight people, including four farmers.