Trials in Kathua rape-murder case begin from Monday
Trials in Kathua rape-murder case begin from Monday
jkupdate.com | 15-Apr-2018 11:53 PM
The chief judicial magistrate of Kathua will be committing one of the charge sheets, in which seven people have been named, to the sessions court for trial as mandated under the law.
JAMMU: The trials in the gruesome Kathua rape and murder case begin tomorrow against eight accused who allegedly held an 8-year-old girl in captivity in a small village temple in Kathua district for a week in January this year during which she was kept sedated and sexually assaulted before being bludgeoned to death. The accused include a juvenile.
The chief judicial magistrate of Kathua will be committing one of the charge sheets, in which seven people have been named, to the sessions court for trial as mandated under the law. The chief judicial magistrate will, however, hold the trial for the juvenile as it is the designated court under the juvenile act, according to officials.
The Jammu and Kashmir government has appointed two special public prosecutors, both Sikhs, for the trial in the sensitive case, a move being seen as made to ensure “neutrality” in view of Hindu-Muslim polarisation over the case.
The trial is expected to go smoothly after the Jammu Bar association as well as the Kathua Bar received a rap on the kuckles by the Supreme Court on April 13 as the apex court took a strong note of some lawyers obstructing the judicial process in the case.
The Supreme Court initiated a case on its own record saying such impediment “affects the dispensation of justice and would amount to obstruction of access to justice”. A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud was also critical of the Jammu High Court Bar Association, which had passed a resolution not to attend the courts saying “it is the duty of the bar association as a collective body and they cannot obstruct the process of law”.
According to the charge sheets filed by the crime branch, the abduction, rape and killing of the Bakerwal girl was part of a carefully planned strategy to remove the minority nomadic community from the area. It lists the caretaker of ‘Devisthan’, a small temple, in a village in Kathua, about 90 km from here, as the main conspirator behind the crime.
Sanji Ram was allegedly joined by special police officers Deepak Khajuria and Surender Verma, friend Parvesh Kumar alias Mannu, Ram’s nephew, a juvenile, and his son Vishal Jangotra alias “Shamma”. The charge sheet also names investigating officers head constable Tilak Raj and Sub-Inspector Anand Dutta, who allegedly took Rs 4 lakh from Ram and destroyed crucial evidence. All eight are under arrest.
The crime branch will also be handing over the notices issued to the Jammu Bar Council as well as Kathua Bar Council for appearing before the Supreme Court on April 19. The Bar Association of Kathua has already retracted from its earlier statement of providing legal assistance free of cost to the accused and said “after going through the charge sheet presented by the crime branch (against the accused in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate on April 9) it is revealed that the allegations against the accused persons are very grave and as such this case is to be dealt with in a professional way.
“As such, we have withdrawn our offer to contest the case free of cost. Accused are free to engage any individual advocate and exercise their respective rights of defence in the court. It is for any individual advocate to accept the brief and the bar association will not come in the way of defence nor the bar association will hamper the prosecution,” President of BAK Kirty Bhushan Mahajan had said in a seven page statement yesterday.
Members of the same association had blocked the way of crime branch personnel from submitting the charge sheet before the chief judicial magistrate for six hours forcing the police to present it at the house of the magistrate. Police have already registered a case against lawyers for obstructing public servants from performing their duty.
The Jammu Bar association, which was left red-faced after the Supreme Court’s observation, attempted to put a brave face saying they had full faith in the apex court and said their main demand was for shifting of illegally settled Rohingyas. It denounced the attempts made by certain quarters for making wrongful attempts to project the association as “pro-rapist” or “anti-national”.
The association today fielded a senior woman advocate Surinder Kour who said “we are now satisfied that the case has reached the Supreme Court and we are satisfied that justice will be delivered to the minor girl.”
JHCBA is on strike since April 4 and sponsored a general strike on April 11 in Jammu to press for its demands including for according district status to Nowshera sub division in Rajouri district. “We included the demand for CBI probe into the Kathua rape and murder at the request of civil society,” Kour said and accused the state government of forcing them into agitation by “giving no response to our concerns despite repeated memorandums and statements.”
Tags: JKupdate J&K News JKupdate News JKupdate J&K News JKupdate News trials chief judicial magistrate of Kathua Kathua rape and murder case against eight accused allegedly held an 8-year-old girl Kathua district juvenile JKupdate J&K News JKupdate News JKupdate J&K News JKupdate News trials chief judicial magistrate of Kathua Kathua rape and murder case against eight accused allegedly held an 8-year-old girl Kathua district juvenile trials chief judicial magistrate of Kathua Kathua rape and murder case against eight accused allegedly held an 8-year-old girl Kathua district juvenile trials chief judicial magistrate of Kathua Kathua rape and murder case against eight accused allegedly held an 8-year-old girl Kathua district juvenile
1 of 40
Doda: DC reviews Independence Day arrangements
2 of 40
KVIB organizes workshop under NSSH
3 of 40
Secretary RDD reviews progress of IWMP works
4 of 40
Political Rally at Govt School in Mendhar during School Timing
5 of 40
Samoon visits DAHK, reviews functioning
6 of 40
Div Com Kashmir reviews implementation of Governor’s directions for Bu..
7 of 40
Official panel to suggest measures for improving AEBAS
8 of 40
Govt to introduce Rehbar-e-Machli-Palan scheme: Samoon
9 of 40
Advisor Ganai reviews functioning of Higher Education Deptt
10 of 40
Advisor Kumar for early settlement of Provident Fund claims
11 of 40
Div Com Jammu reviews progress on Airport expansion project
12 of 40
Governor reviews Rs. 100 crore Expansion Plans of SMVD University
13 of 40
Governor reviews Dal-Nageen Conservation, Management and Rehabilitatio..
14 of 40
Police take ‘cognizance’ of carrying militant Manan’s article
15 of 40
Ram Madhav to visit Jammu on July 21
16 of 40
BJP's J-K unit constitutes new team ahead of general elections
17 of 40
Sale of substandard drugs continues unabated in Kashmir: DAK
18 of 40
Hajj pilgrims protest against poor transport arrangements in Surankot..
19 of 40
Huge cache of ammunition seized in Pulwama village: Police
20 of 40
Police foil teachers' Raj Bhawan march in Srinagar
21 of 40
JSS got Six Medals in 9th North Zone Taekwondo Championship 2018
22 of 40
Kupwara police seek help to trace missing boy
23 of 40
Woman injured in Siar Baba waterfall accident dies, toll climbs to 8
24 of 40
MGNREGA employees stage protest at Mankote
25 of 40
Implement agreement Amar Nath Sangarsh Samiti and Guv administration: ..
26 of 40
Four injured in Sonamarg road accident
27 of 40
Div Com emphasizes on incorporating modern methods for better traffic ..
28 of 40
First Lady e-inaugurates All Women Branch of J&K Bank
29 of 40
DDC reviews functioning of health sector
30 of 40
2,201 pilgrims leave Jammu for Kashmir
31 of 40
Public Durbar held at Dangerpora, Sopore,DDC assures timely redressal ..
32 of 40
Motorcyclist killed in Magam road mishap
33 of 40
Srinagar admin orders immediate registration of attendance portals
34 of 40
Actor Rita Bhaduri passes away
35 of 40
DDC Bandipora for speedy resolution of public issues
36 of 40
Amarnath Yatra 2018: Div Com reviews ongoing works on Baltal track
37 of 40
Engage more youth in extracurricular activities: Div Com to DDCs
38 of 40
KCCI delegation calls on Advisor Ganai
39 of 40
Advisor Ganai briefs Union Minister about progress made in JK
40 of 40
ADC Doda flags off 2nd batch of Hajj pilgrims