Didn't Obstruct Police From Filing Chargesheet In Kathua Case: Jammu Bar Association

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Jammu and Kashmir counsel Shoeb Alam told the court the BCI had given a clean chit to the lawyers without speaking to the police officers allegedly obstructed from filing the chargesheet against the accused.

The Supreme Court on Thursday said its priority was to ensure fair and speedy trial in the rape-and-murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua and examine whether the trial needed to be transferred out of the town.

"A fair trial is the consideration and we are concerned with the interest of the victim and the accused".

Recently, a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra had ordered the state police to grant security to the family of the victim, their friend and their lawyer Deepika Singh Rajawat.

It said that during the hearing before the top court, the petitioner's counsel had reposed faith in the comprehensive probe carried out in the case by a special investigation team of the Crime Branch of Jammu and Kashmir Police. The two of the accused strongly opposed the plea for transfer of the trail from Jammu court to Chandigarh court in the Supreme Court on Wednesday.

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The Forum took strong exception to the observations of BCI exonerating Kathua lawyers of obstructing presentation of charge-sheet against the accused and termed it as a blatant lie coined under influence in sheer contrast to what the entire world witnessed through video clips, press-note and social media posts wherein Kathua lawyers have admitted thwarting presentation of the charge sheet in the Kathua Court. "Let us not get into what the Bar Council says", The CJI observed. Read Also: Govt acts against rape, but make sons more responsible: Modi Since the sessions trials, according to procedures, the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) has accepted the charge sheet. It also said that its members have resumed work.

Appearing for the J&K Bar Association, senior advocate Vikas Singh said the lawyers were protesting against the state government notification regularising encroachment of private land by tribal settlers when the incident happened.

The Supreme Court had earlier considered the issue of alleged obstruction by lawyers in administration of justice in the case and said if the lawyers were at fault, they would be dealt with in accordance with law.

The Jammu and Kashmir police said the child was subjected to horrific tortures to scare off the nomadic Bakerwal community, to which she belonged, from Jammu's Hindu majority areas. A week later, her raped and mutilated body was found in Kathua.

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