HCBA flays BCI for giving clean chit to Jammu, Kathua bars

Kathua case: Lawyers did not obstruct police from filing chargesheet, Bar Council of India tells SC

Supreme Court stays trial of Kathua child gangrape and murder case till May 7

It is in place to mention here that Crime Branch of Jammu and Kashmir Police after receiving a medical report from Delhi forensic laboratory confirming the involvement of accused in the rape and murder of the Kathua minor girl had said that it will file a supplementary charge sheet before the trial court. The case regarding the report about the conduct of Jammu and Kathua lawyers by the Bar Council of India will come up for hearing in the month of July this year.

The bench posted the matter for further hearing on May 7.

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The victim's father approached the apex court, seeking the trial be conducted outside the state as some lawyers allegedly obstructed court proceedings and threatened the advocate representing the family.

The apex court had yesterday given a stern warning and said it would transfer the Kathua gangrape and murder case from the local court in the "slightest possibility" of lack of fair trial, saying the "real concern" was to hold proper prosecution.

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Inam Un Nabi, Kashmir based Political analyst stated "The brutal murder and rape of Kathua child has shaken entire world but we are bamboozled that some extremist voices are sabotaging the justice process by invoking religion and victim card methodology into it".

The BCI team also rejected the reports that a woman lawyer, Dipika Singh Rajawat, who appeared in the court on 9 and 11 April on behalf of the biological father of the victim, was restrained by the JHCBA from appearing before the High Court. In the meantime, the court time was over but the demonstration of lawyers continued. "In view of the sensitive nature of the case, the Crime Branch officials were advised to bring the accused to the official residence of CJM at 8PM". "The media has wrongly reported that the (two bar associations) are siding with the accused".

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The Committee - chaired by former Allahabad High Court judge Justice Tarun Agarwala - states that it had met lawyers of both Associations, district judges, members of the Gujjar and Bakarwal community (to which the victim belonged), counsel for the victim's family Deepika Rajawat and activist Talib Hussain, senior members of the Bar, and lady advocates. It issued a notice to the bar council and the bar associations of Kathua and Jammu, which had reportedly supported the lawyers during the incident. Subsequently, she was given a guard inside the court premises so that she could appear in the case.

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