New Delhi, May 7: The Supreme Court on Monday transferred the trial in the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua to Pathankot in Punjab.
A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice D.Y. Chandrachud and Justice Indu Malhotra ordered in-camera and day-to-day trial in the case with no adjournment.
Besides this, the top court allowed Jammu and Kashmir government to appoint a public prosecutor in Pathankot Court.
The Jammu and Kashmir government would also provide security to the victim’s family, their advocate and witnesses.
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The court said it would monitor the case and fixed July 9 for the next hearing.
Reacting to this, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh said security is the main concern, we have adequate security in Pathankot.
The petition was filed by victim’s father who had sought transfer of the trial from Kathua to Chandigarh.
Earlier, the Jammu and Kashmir government had opposed the transfer of the trial saying that the state had a different penal code – Ranbir Penal Code – and transfer of trial would pose inconvenience to the witnesses.
The 8-year-old girl, belonging to the Bakherwal community, was 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.
Eight people, including four police personnel– a head constable, a sub-inspector and two special police officers — have been held in the case and charges filed against seven of them.