New Delhi, May 7: The Supreme Court on Monday transferred the Kathua gangrape and murder case trial to the Pathankot Court. The court also dismissed the accused’s plea for a CBI probe into the case. This came even as the Jammu and Kashmir government submitted to the Supreme Court that it was ready for a fair trial in the state. The J&K government opposed the transfer of the case to another state.Also Read - ‘Solace to Many Families’: SC Lauds Centre’s Stand on Providing Compensation to Kin of COVID Victims
The apex court allowed J&K government to appoint public prosecutor in Pathankot Court and also asked J&K government to provide security to the victim’s family, their lawyer and witnesses. Following the court order, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh said, “Security is the main concern, we have adequate security in Pathankot.” Also Read - Dhanbad Judge Death Case: CBI's Report to Jharkhand HC Claims 'Judge Uttam Anand was Intentionally Hit'
The apex court had earlier stayed the trial of the accused till today in the case before the Sessions judge. A three-judge bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, took the decision. Also Read - NEET UG 2021: CBI Unearths Major Scam, Says Students Asked to Pay Rs 50 Lakh For Admission to Govt Medical Colleges
The victim’s father had filed a petition seeking shifting the trial to Chandigarh while the accused had sought handing over the probe to CBI. The victim, an eight-year-old girl from a minority nomadic community, had disappeared from near her home in a village near Kathua in the Jammu region on January 10. Her body was found in the same area a week later.
The apex court had earlier 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.
The girl’s father had moved the apex court earlier, apprehending threat to the family, a friend and their lawyer Deepika Singh Rajawat. A separate plea was also filed by two accused seeking that the trial in the case be held in Jammu and the probe handed over to the CBI.
The state police’s Crime Branch, which probed the case, filed the main charge sheet against seven persons and a separate charge sheet against a juvenile in a court in Kathua district last week. The charge sheet revealed chilling details about how the girl was allegedly kidnapped, drugged and raped inside a place of worship before being killed.