The Indian government on Tuesday said it has no objection to handing over of the Kathua rape and murder case to the CBI if the state government comes out with a reference, reports said.
“As far as we are concerned, we don’t have any problem or objection to hand over the case to the CBI. If the state government comes out with a reference, we will hand over the case to the agency today itself,” The Indian Express quoted Union Minister Jitendra Singh as saying.
He added that the court was another option through which the case could go to the CBI. “As per my knowledge, a petition (for a CBI probe) is pending there,” he said.
Singh’s remark came a day after the Supreme Court sought Jammu & Kashmir government’s reply on the plea for CBI probe into the matter.
An eight-year-old Muslim girl was kidnapped on January 10 and her body was found on January 17 in the Kathua district. After investigation, the state police’s Crime Branch said she was drugged and repeatedly raped before being killed.
Eight persons were arrested in connection with the crime and their trial began on Monday in a court, where they pleaded not guilty and sought a narco analysis test.