Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Entertaiment | By Mabel Barber

SC to hear plea for transfer of Kathua trial at noon

SC to hear plea for transfer of Kathua trial at noon

The father of the victim had requested the apex court to transfer the trial to Chandigarh, citing a backlash and lack of security for his family.

The trial court will hear the matter on April 28.

The victim was kidnapped on January 12, held captive in a local temple where she was allegedly drugged and gang raped before being brutally murdered. 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.

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. The case will be heard next on April 27.

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The Crime Branch will hand over notices to the Jammu Bar Council and the Kathua Bar Council to appear before the Supreme Court on Thursday, Firstpost reported.

The father also sought for security for his family and lawyers repreenting them. The plea sought for the transfer of the case out of Jammu. "The father of the victim has no problem with the police investigation", she said, adding the prayer regarding transfer of the case outside the state and Chandigarh has been mentioned due to physical proximity from Kathua. The atmosphere is highly polarised, she also said. However there is an attempt to derail it, she also said.

The two accused - former revenue official Sanjhi Ram and special police officer Deepak Khajuria - told presspersons outside the Kathua court that they were willing to go for narco-analysis tests. All the eight accused, including the alleged mastermind Sanji Ram, was produced before Chief Judicial Magistrate in Kathua under tight security of Jammu and Kashmir Police and Central Reserve Police Force. All the accused persons were brought before the court which directed that chargesheet copies be provided to each of them. She was kept sedated and sexually assaulted before being bludgeoned to death. "I can be raped or murdered any day".

The victim went missing on January 10; a week later her body was found in a forest near her house.

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