NEW DELHI, Nov 01: The Supreme Court on Wednesday permitted Vaibhav Mishra, the grandson of former Railway Minister LN MIshra and also a lawyer, to assist the Delhi High Court in hearing appeals of the convicts of his killing in a blast at Bihar’s Samastipur railway station over 48 years ago.
He had moved the top court challenging the February 7 order of the High Court, dismissing his plea for a direction to the CBI to conduct fair investigation and re-investigation.
Alleging that the probe was botched up, Mishra sought a re-probe on grounds, including that the real culprits were discharged leading to “travesty of justice”.
The veteran Congress leader and senior cabinet minister had received fatal injuries in grenade blasts at Samastipur where he had gone for inauguration of Broad Gauge Line on January 2, 1975.
He was shifted for treatment from Samastipur to Danapur where he succumbed to injuries in the morning of January 3, 1975. Apart from Mishra, then MLC Surya Narayan Jha and Ram Kishore Prasad Singh, a railway clerk, had also died in the blasts.
A bench comprising Justices Surya Kant and Dipankar Datta took note of the submissions of Mishra and refused to entertain the plea for re-probe into the case. It, however, allowed him to assist the Delhi High Court.
“After arguing the case for some time, learned counsel for the petitioner seeks and is permitted to withdraw this petition with liberty to assist the division bench of Delhi High Court at the time of final hearing of the criminal appeals filed by the convicts, in accordance with law,” the bench said.