New Delhi, Oct. 21 -- The Supreme Court on Wednesday pulled up the Uttar Pradesh government for the sluggish pace of investigation into the Lakhimpur Kheri incident that left eight people, including four farmers, dead on October 3, while observing that the impression this gives is that the state is "dragging its feet".

"This (investigation) cannot be an unending story... We get the impression that you are dragging your feet. Please, do the needful to dispel that," said a bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) NV Ramana, as it heard the case registered by the top court on its own (suo motu) as a public interest litigation.

The bench, which also comprised justices Surya Kant and Hima Kohli, took umbrage to the fact that the state po...