New Delhi, Apr 17: MoS Jitendra Singh has said that the government has no problem in giving the Kathua gang-rape and murder case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) if the PDP-led Jammu and Kashmir government refers. He added that another way for a CBI inquiry is through court.

“We have no problem in giving the matter to CBI. If the state government gives us reference today, we will hand over the case to CBI today itself. The other way is through courts, as per my knowledge a petition is pending there,” he told reporters.

The comment comes a day after the Supreme Court refused to give the case to the premier investigative agency. A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Mishra said since there was no allegation in the matter, there was no reason for the court to enter into as to who should investigate the case.

The court said this after the defence counsel said the father of the victim was satisfied by the investigation conducted by the Crime Branch of the Jammu and Kashmir police.

The Congress on Monday demanded a court-monitored probe into the rape-and-murder of the eight-year-old girl. The party also sought police protection to the lawyer who is fighting the case of the rape victim.

“I am fully confident that the judiciary will do justice. Her soul will rest in peace if there is justice,” Congress spokesperson Ghulam Nabi Azad said.

“There is no faith in the Jammu and Kashmir and central governments. The Kathua case should be court-monitored…Either the Supreme Court or the Jammu and Kashmir High Court should ensure the case is fast-tracked and it is court-monitored,” he added.

An eight-year-old girl was allegedly confined in a temple and gang-raped by a group, which includes policemen, before being strangulated. The incident caused a national outrage with thousands hitting the street, demanding justice to the victim.