Kathua Case: Supreme Court issues notice to J&K govt on transfer plea

Supreme Court of India
Supreme Court of India, File Photo

New Delhi, April 16: The Supreme Court issued a notice to the Jammu and Kashmir government seeking reply on a plea by the Kathua rape and murder victim’s father to move the trial to Chandigarh. 

The apex court also ordered the state government to provide Security for the victim’s family and their legal team.

Noted lawyer Indira Jaising, appearing for the victim’s father, told the Supreme Court, ‘the atmosphere is not conducive for a fair trial. The atmosphere is highly polarised.’

‘State police had done a good job and it not only arrested all the accused persons on evidence but also on a scientific basis”, she added.

The court order came on victim father’s petition demanding transfer of trial and protection.

Meanwhile, Advocates staged a protest outside the Apex Court over the conduct of lawyers in Jammu in connection with Kathua Rape Case.

Earlier in a day, All the eight accused in the Kathua rape and murder case were produced before the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) of Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir as the trial started on Monday.

Under heightened security the eight, including Sanji Ram, the alleged mastermind of the heinous crime, were produced before CJM Kathua, A.S. Langeh, who then postponed the hearing in the matter to April 28.

In the meantime, prime accused in the Kathua rape case, Sanji Ram sought Narco test saying after that everything will be clear.

The court directed that chargesheet copies should be provided to all accused, we are ready for narco tests. Next date of hearing is April 28, said Ankur Sharma, Counsel for accused.

The 8-year-old girl, belonging to the Bakherwal community, was abducted on January 10, held in a small village temple for a week during which she was sedated and sexually assaulted. Later her body was found dumped in a forest near Rasana village.


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