SC to hear plea for transfer of Kathua trial at noon

Lawrence Kim
April 17, 2018

The court also took note of a plea of the victim's father, seeking transfer of the trial of the case from Kathua, preferably to Chandigarh and sought response of the state government.

The court made clear that it would "go by the concept of fair trial and victim protection" and said that ordinarily, it was the duty of police to probe a case. However, the Supreme Court's actions in the matter and the Indian civil society's demand for justice in the Kathua case have not simplified the challenges faced by the lawyer of the victim's family, lawyer Deepika Singh Rajawat.

Among the accused in the Kathua rape murder case, there is a juvenile against whom a separate charge sheet was filed. In order to conclude the trail in a "free and fair manner", the case should be transferred out of Jammu, the petition noted.

Immediately after the brief hearing in the sessions court, the seven accused were shifted back to the jail under heavy security.

Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud directed the state to provide adequate security also to Rajawat's family as well as Talib Hussain - a member of the Bakerwal community who is helping the victim's family. She also reiterated the stand that "it is not for the United Kingdom to prescribe a solution or act as a mediator...it is for India and Pakistan to find a lasting and peaceful resolution, taking into account the wishes of the Kashmiri people".

At the outset, Jaising, who mentioned the matter for an urgent hearing in the forenoon, said the "biological father" of the victim had no grievance with regard to the police probe. The chargesheet the Crime Branch filed against eight accused, including a juvenile, revealed sordid details of the crime. A chargesheet have been filed in the court of chief judicial magistrate, Kathua, state of Jammu and Kashmir.

Sanji Ram, the caretaker of the "devisthan" in a village in Kathua, about 90 km from Jammu, is listed as the main conspirator behind the crime. He wanted to push the Bakarwal community out of the Rasana village. She was allegedly drugged so that she could be sexually assaulted again before being bludgeoned to death, according to police.

Parvesh Kumar: He is a friend of the juvenile. After holding the girl in captivity for days, the accused killed her by crushing her head with a rock and disposing off her body near the temple.

Vishal Jangotra: He is also accused of raping the girl.

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