Kathua accused move SC, oppose transfer of case

Kathua accused move SC, oppose transfer of case

Cheryl Sanders
April 26, 2018

The Supreme Court on Thursday brushed aside a plea for a fresh probe into the Kathua rape and murder case, and instead said that it would focus on fair and speedy trial. "It is made clear that the trial court shall be free to proceed ahead with the trial of the case".

The Supreme Court will hear the matter again on April 30.

Separately earlier, father of the eight-year-old victim has also moved the apex court and sought the case to be shifted to Chandigarh.

"The intervention petition was filed before apex court, in addition to petition filed by father of Kathua victim requesting to transfer the trial outside Jammu and Kashmir, citing lack of safety and security for his family".

Taking exception to the lawyers' conduct, the court also issued a notice to the Bar Council of India in the matter, following which the Council had sent a fact-finding committee to Jammu to inquire into the charges against the lawyers. The crime branch had informed the court that they are in the process of submitting a supplementary charge sheet in the Kathua rape case, the sources told Mirror.

The BCI also said the bar associations had neither obstructed the Crime Branch from filing the charge-sheet in the case nor the advocate representing the victim's family. Let's not digress. It is through the Bar that a fair trial can be achieved.

"Let us be clear and focus on investigation and about the trial of the case", it added. The two accused have opposed the father's plea.

"How could the identity of a rape victim who is alive and minor or unsound mind be disclosed even after getting consent from her parents", asked a bench of Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice Deepak Gupta.

The state police's Crime Branch, which probed the case, filed the main charge sheet against seven persons and a separate charge sheet against a juvenile in a court in Kathua district last week.

The child from a minority nomadic community had disappeared from near her home in a village near Kathua in Jammu region on January 10. Her body was found in the same area a week later. Citing medical reports, the investigating police also confirmed that the accused had sedated the girl, raped her and subsequently killed her.

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