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

The bench issued notice to the state on the petition from Mohd Akhtar, victim's father, seeking transfer of the trial outside Kathua court to a court in Chandigarh on the grounds that the atmosphere in Kathua was not conducive for fair trial.

The apex court also directed the Jammu and Kashmir government to provide police protection to Kathua victim's family members and their lawyers. "The father of the victim has no problem with the police investigation", she said.

District and Sessions Judge Sanjay Gupta asked the state Crime Branch to give copies of the chargesheet to the accused and fixed April 28 as the next date of hearing.

The girl's father had requested the court to have the case shifted from Jammu and Kashmir's court of Chief Judicial Magistrate in Kathua to Chandigarh.

The father, in his plea, had sought to transfer the case outside Jammu and Kashmir. It will hear the matter next on April 27. 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.

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The minor girl had disappeared from near her home in the forests in Kathua, on January 10. Her crumpled body was recovered on January 17.

He 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".

Meanwhile, the eight people accused of raping and killing the eight-year-old child told a sessions court they were not guilty of the crime and even asked the district and sessions judge for a narco analysis test, PTI reported.

In order to calm the growing criticism for the government, the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has not only forwarded the resignation of two BJP leaders the Governor but has also ordered the formation of a SIT and has appointed two Sikh special public prosecutors.

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