New Delhi, April 27: The Supreme Court on Friday stayed the trial in Kathua rape and murder case as it asked the accused to respond to the plea for the transfer of trial to Chandigarh.
A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice D.Y. Chandrachud and Justice Indu Malhotra stayed the trial which was listed for Saturday in Kathua, saying it would hold a hearing on the plea for transfer of trial on May 7.
Earlier, the Jammu and Kashmir government had opposed the transfer of the trial citing that it had a different penal code and transfer of trial would pose the inconvenience to the witnesses.
Meanwhile, the Central government on Friday told the apex court that it would extend whatever assistance was required from it.
The Centre is a respondent in a related petition demanding transfer of probe from the Jammu and Kashmir Police to the Central Bureau of Investigation, a petition opposed by the victim’s father.