Kathua rape-murder case: SC seeks reply from J&K govt over plea on transfer of case, atmosphere not conducive for fair trial, says top lawyer - watsupptoday.com
Kathua rape-murder case: SC seeks reply from J&K govt over plea on transfer of case, atmosphere not conducive for fair trial, says top lawyer
Posted 16 Apr 2018 04:28 PM

Agencies
The trial court of Kathua, hearing the gruesome rape and murder case of an eight-year-old girl, scheduled the next hearing to April 28. The court directed that chargesheet copies be provided to all the accused.

Meanwhile, the juvenile arrested in the case moved bail application before judicial magistrate, which will be heard later today.
Also, the victim's father approached the Supreme Court, seeking security, safety and transfer of the case to outside Jammu and Kashmir. The apex court has sought a reply from the state government over the plea of victim's father.

The trial in the gruesome Kathua rape and murder case began today against eight accused who allegedly held an eight-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.

03:45 pm: Meanwhile, the Jammu High Court Bar Association (JHCBA) has suspended the 12-day long agitation. The lawyers' association has alleged that probe into the Kathua rape-murder case is being targeted at one community.

03:39 pm: Supreme Court asks J&K government to provide security to family of Kathua gangrape victim, their lawyer and a family friend assisting them in pursuing case.

03:29 pm: The atmosphere is not conducive for a fair trial. The atmosphere is highly polarised. The state police has done a good job and it not only arrested all the accused persons on evidence but also on scientific basis, senior lawyer Indira Jaising tells Supreme Court

03:24 pm: Supreme Court issues notice to the Jammu and Kashmir government and sought a reply on Kathua rape and murder case plea filed by the victim's father.

02:48 pm: The father will also seek a direction from the SC for a complete investigation into the rape and murder of his daughter.

02:33 pm: The father is also seeking security for the victim's family and lawyers representing them. In addition, his plea seeks a court direction to strengthen security at the juvenile home where a minor accused - one of eight men accused in total - in the case is being kept.

01:28 pm: Relatives of the victim present outside the Kathua court on Monday accused the media of ignoring extensive reportage of this heinous crime for nearly three months. - IANS

12:20 pm: The Supreme Court will hear at 2 pm two separate petitions including the one filed by Kathua-based lawyer Deepika Singh Rajawat, representing the family of an eight-year-old girl who was gangraped and killed, alleging that she was facing threat to her life for pursuing the matter.

11:27 am: Juvenile arrested in Kathua rape and murder case moves bail application before judicial magistrate, to be heard later today.
11:11 am: Court directed that chargesheet copies should be provided to all accused, we are ready for narco tests. Next date of hearing is April 28: Ankur Sharma, Counsel for accused.

11:03 am: Victim's father approaches the Supreme Court seeking safety, security & transfer of the case outside Jammu and Kashmir; court to hear the matter at 2 pm

10:30 am: A group of former civil servants on Sunday issued a strongly worded open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, holding him responsible "more than anyone else" for the "terrifying state of affairs" in the country.

10:12 am: Full chargesheet copy has not been provided to us, we are depending on information from social media. We are handicapped: Aseem Sahni, Counsel for accused constable Tilak Raj

09:52 pm: Lawyers in Delhi will be holding a march at 3 pm today to protest against the "conduct" of lawyers of the Bar Association Jammu, who earlier rallied in support of the accused in the case.
08:26 am: Sunday witnessed nationwide protests against the Kathua, Unnao rape incidents. Demonstrations were held in several cities including Delhi, Chandigarh, Mumbai and Bengaluru.

08:17 am: The lawyer of the eight-year-old victim said that she fears for her life as she may get rape and murdered.

08:11 am: Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti accepted resignation of two BJP ministers who had rallied in support of the accused in the Kathua rape-murder case.

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