Minister of State for Home Ajay Misra lost his cool at mediapersons on Wednesday as they questioned him about his son’s involvement in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence case.
The incident occurred outside Mother Child Care Hospital in Lakhimpur district, where reporters cornered MoS Ajay Misra as he inaugurated the facility’s new oxygen plant.
Asked about his son Ashish Misra being charged with attempt to murder and planned conspiracy to kill protesting farmers at Lakhimpur Kheri, the minister angrily tells reporters to stop recording and switch off their mobile phones. He also hurled abuses at them.
“These people have no shame. Can’t they see this is a hospital, so many people are here,” MoS Ajay Misra can be heard saying, adding that his son is innocent and is being framed.
The BJP leader gets into a verbal altercation with a reporter and in his temper, he even lunges at someone, the video shows. He eventually leaves.
The clamour to sack MoS Ajay Misra reached a new pitch on Wednesday as Opposition MPs, including Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, petitioned to discuss in Parliament the Special Investigation Team report on the Lakhimpur Kheri incident. Ajay Misra’s son Ashish Misra is an accused in the case and is currently in jail.
On Tuesday, the SIT told a court that the killing of four farmers and a journalist was a “pre-planned conspiracy” and also sought to substitute lesser charges in the case with graver ones.
After hearing the arguments on the application moved by the SIT, Lakhimpur Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Chinta Ram on Tuesday allowed it to add Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections 307(attempt to murder) and 326 (voluntarily causing injuries by dangerous weapons) in the FIR in which Ashish Misra is the main accused. Relevant charges under the Arms Act were also allowed to be added.