New Delhi, Oct 30: In less than six months, after 15-year-old Junaid Khan was stabbed to death on a local train at Ballabhgarh, the judge of the trial court, hearing the murder case has alleged that a senior government lawyer is helping the counsel of accused party.
Seeking action against the lawyer, Additional District and Sessions Judge, Faridabad, Y S Rathore has claimed that Additional Advocate General Naveen Kaushik was assisting the counsel of the main accused, Naresh Kumar, in cross-examination of prosecution witnesses, reported Indian Express. (Also Read: Accused in Junaid lynching being interrogated: Police). The daily has also cited court records where the trial court judge had claimed that Kaushik was suggesting questions to be put to the witnesses during two hearings ( October 24 and 25).
“This act of Naveen Kaushik, Additional Advocate General Haryana amounts to professional misconduct and is against legal ethics and highly unbecoming of an Advocate, particularly because he is a Law Officer in the office of Advocate General, Haryana,” Indian Express quoted Rathore’s statement on October 25.
Hitting out at Kaushik, the Judge said that it is a sensitive case and if he will help the defence counsel, it will send a wrong signal, creating a feeling of insecurity amongst the victim party. Rathore also asserted that Kaushik’s act will adversely effect the aim of the court to conduct free and fair trial.
Meanwhile, talking to the daily, Additional Advocate General Naveen Kaushik refuted all allegations levelled against him and said that he has no connection with the case. “I was there only because I am the organising secretary of the Bharatiya Bhasha Abhiyan in the north region and the counsel appearing for one of the accused is known to me. He had requested the court that evidence be recorded in Hindi as is provided in the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC). On October 25, he asked me if I could provide him the relevant provision of law and so I went there to give it to him,” Kaushik defended himself.
Earlier on Wednesday, the Punjab and Haryana High Court had issued a notice to the Haryana government on a petition, filed by Junaid’s father Jalaluddin. He had sought the transfer of the probe to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
Junaid Khan was brutally beaten and stabbed to death on a local train at Ballabhgarh in Haryana in June by a group of people, following an argument over seats. The murder triggered nationwide outrage.
Junaid and cousin brothers Hasim Moin and Shakir Moin had boarded the EMU train going from Ghaziabad to Mathura after Eid shopping on June 22. The accused, along with around a dozen other persons, boarded the train at Okhla and ordered Junaid and his brothers to give them their seats. When they refused, they brutally beat the three and also stabbed them and dumped them at Asaoti railway station in Palwal district.
(With inputs from agencies)