New Delhi, Apr 13: The Supreme Court on Friday took sou moto cognisance of attempts by lawyers to obstruct filing of chargsheet by Jammu and Kashmir Crime Branch in Kathua rape case. The apex court sent notice to Bar Council of India, Jammu and Kashmir Bar Association, Jammu High Court Bar Association and Kathua Bar Association over the conduct of lawyers. A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud sought their responses on why lawyers obstructed judicial procedures.
A petition was filed in the Supreme Court seeking action against the lawyers who tried to obstruct the filing of chargesheet in the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir with the overt intention to derail the police investigation. The top court also called for some material over local lawyers’ alleged conduct.
As lawyer P.V. Dinesh urged the Supreme Court bench to take judicial notice of the conduct of the Kathua bar in particular and Jammu Bar in general, the top court asked him to place on record the material relating to the incident. Advocate Shoeb Alam, appearing for Jammu and Kashmir, said that the police has filed the charge sheet before the magistrate yesterday. Alam, who was called to the CJI court, opposed the CBI probe as demanded by some apex court lawyers and said that thorough investigations were being carried out by the state crime branch.
The petitioner urged the court to direct the state Bar Council and the Bar Council of India to take action against the lawyers involved in creating a ruckus in the court premises. Despite resistance by some lawyers, the Jammu and Kashmir police presented the chargesheet in the Kathua rape and murder case before the Jammu court.
The eight-year-old girl’s body was recovered from Rassana forest in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua district on January 17, a week after she went missing while grazing horses in the forest area. She was held captive inside a temple and was sedated before being repeatedly raped and murdered.