SC stays shifting Kathua case out of J&K, but with a warning; calls for fair trial

SC stays shifting Kathua case out of J&K, but with a warning; calls for fair trial

The Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to consider the plea of the two accused in Kathua gangrape and murder case that the trial be not transferred out of Jammu, reports said.

Considering the complexity of the case, the apex court said its “real concern” was to see that a fair trial is conducted in the Kathua gangrape and murder case.

“If we find slightest possibility of lack of fair trial, we will transfer the case out of Kathua,” the Supreme Court said.

Two of the accused in the Kathua rape incident had strongly opposed in the Supreme Court the plea for transfer of the trial from Kathua court to a court in Chandigarh.

The father of the eight-year victim girl had sought shifting of the case to ensure free and fair trial.

Opposing shifting of trial outside Kathua court, two accused Sanji Ram and Vishal Jagotra said they have been falsely implicated in the case as accused 1 and 5 pending before the Chief Judicial Magistrate Kathua, where the charge sheet has already been filed.

The applicants are directly affected if the trial is shifted outside Kathua without making them parties to the writ petition filed by victim’s father.

The victim went missing while grazing horses in Rasana village of Hiranagar tehsil of J&K’s Kathua district on January 10. A week later, her body was found in woods near her village. The DNA and police investigations have revealed that she was held inside a local temple where she was drugged, raped and killed.

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