Supreme Court admits plea seeking transfer of Kathua case probe to CBI

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The case regarding demand for fair and speedy trial will come up before the Supreme Court on Friday, whereas the matter looking into the conduct of Jammu and Kathua lawyers is listed to be heard in July.

"Courts have to consider the convenience of the accused, prosecution witness and larger interest of the society". The horrific rape and murder of the child which evoked nationwide fury, reached the Supreme Court after the family's advocate said she had faced huge obstruction from lawyers at a Jammu court during filing of the chargesheet. 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.

Similarly, obstructions made by lawyers in Jammu courts and their acts of intimidation failed to catch the eyes of BCI Committee members the Forum said and also charged the BCI for having shut its eyes over flagrant violation of the Supreme Court judgment in the case of Capt. Harish Uppal whereby the Apex Court has ruled the lawyers' strike as illegal.

The panel, while claiming that media had "misrepresented" the reports, said the demand of Jammu & Kashmir High Court Bar Association, Jammu, and Kathua District Bar Association for a CBI probe in the matter "appears to be justified".

Meanwhile, the Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Thursday issued notices to the state government and the CBI, asking them to file objections to the plea of a sub-inspector and a special police officer seeking a probe by the agency into the Kathua rape and murder case.

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He pleaded the two petitions related to the alleged misconduct of lawyers and prayer of the father of victim seeking transfer of the case to Chandigarh be kept separate to ensure that the matter is not sensationalized. The bench said it could examine the prospect of fast-tracking the trial and oversee the progress of the trial.

The Kathua gangrape and murder case has attracted global attention, especially after the Jammu and Kashmir Police's Crime Branch filed a chargesheet detailing the gory crime.

The bench, also comprising Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D. Y. Chandrachud, said that the trial should be fair not only for the accused but also for the victim's family and that protection must be ensured for both them and their lawyers.

These comments anxious the victim's family who felt this could weigh with the High Court to transfer the case to CBI. A week later, her body was found in the same area. The minor girl, who belonged to a nomadic Muslim tribe, was allegedly abducted, drugged, gang-raped, tortured and killed in January.