Supreme Court not in favour of handing over Kathua case to CBI

The house of Muhammad Yusuf Pujwala and his family whose eight-year-old daughter was killed recently. Firstpost  Sameer Yasir

The house of Muhammad Yusuf Pujwala and his family whose eight-year-old daughter was killed recently. Firstpost Sameer Yasir

He also sought safety and security from the court in his plea. The apex court asked the state government to provide security to the girl's family and their lawyer.

The top court asked the state government to reply by April 27 on whether a plea to transfer the Kathua rape and murder case from the state's courts to Chandigarh should be allowed.

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The plea was filed by the father of the eight-year-old Asifa who was gang-raped, tortured and killed in Kathua in January. The victim's father had also asked the apex court for adequate security for family members of the victim, the local Advocate Rajawat and her family members and Advocate Talib Hussain.

Counsel also said that there should be protection for the victim as well as the lawyer who has a right to protect the interest of the victims in the Court. Reports suggest that the hearing in the matter are expected to run their natural course after the Supreme Court had sought explanations from the Bar Council of India, Jammu and Kashmir Bar Council, Jammu High Court Bar Association and Kathua District Bar Association over the lawyers causing obstruction in the case. A chargesheet have been filed in the court of chief judicial magistrate, Kathua, state of Jammu and Kashmir. He added, "we are depending on information from social media.We are handicapped". "We are handicapped", he said.

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Senior counsel Indira Jaising, appealing for the victim's father, expressed satisfaction with the investigation and told the court that they wanted transfer of the trail so that it could be a fair one.

"Be that as it may, we do not intend to enter into this sphere (transfer of case to CBI) at this stage", a bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said, while taking note of the submission that the victim's father was satisfied with the police probe so far. The accused kept sedating the girl for days and took turns to sexually assault her. The accused also demanded that a Narco test be conducted on them to "bring out the truth".

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