LUCKNOW: The Lucknow bench of Allahabad high court on Friday deferred hearing on the bail plea of Ashish Mishra, the son of Union home minister of state Ajay Mishra alias Teni in connection with Tikuniya case in Khiri. The bench of Justice Krishan Pahal fixed July 11 as the next date of hearing on the bail plea.
It was argued on behalf of the complainant that the bail pleas of co-accused Ankit Das and others have already been rejected by the court. Citing the statements of witnesses, it was further argued that the driver of the taxi from which co-accused Ankit Das had set out from Khiri, gave a statement to the police that on the way Ankit Das was talking on phone about the said incident. From his talks, the driver inferred that the allegations against Ashish Mishra were true.
The arguments continued but the court had to adjourn the case till July 11 due to paucity of time.
Four farmers and a journalist were allegedly mowed down by Ashish’s convoy on October 3, 2021. An FIR was initially registered under sections 302 (murder), 147 (rioting), 148 (rioting with deadly weapons), 149 (offence committed in prosecution of common object), 279 (rash driving), 338 (causing grievous hurt to any person by doing any act so rashly), 304A (causing death by negligence) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of IPC.
On December 14, the SIT had submitted in court that the incident was “a premeditated one and not an act of negligence”. The court later dropped the sections pertaining to “accident” from the FIR and included sections 307 (attempt to murder), 326 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt using weapon which is likely to cause death), 34 (criminal acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the IPC, along with sections 3/25, 5/27 and 30 of the Arms Act.