New Delhi: In a blow to the accused in the Kathua rape and murder case, the Supreme Court on Friday dismissed the petition filed by accused seeking CBI investigation in the case. Earlier, a local court in Kathua had denied bail to the juvenile accused, observing that the crime was not juvenile in nature. The juvenile was among the eight people arrested for kidnapping, gangraping and murdering an eight-year-old girl in Kathua in January 2018. (Also read: Minute Examination of Crime Scene Led to Vital Clues, Says Chargesheet) Also Read - Is it Safe for 14-year-old to Terminate 26-week Pregnancy? SC asks Haryana Hospital
“In the process of determination as to whether release of juvenile on bail would defeat ends of justice or not, factors like depravity or crime, its horrific nature and resultant public outrage, violence wrought on the victim and manner in which (a) child of flesh and blood was brutalized cannot be muffled,” the judge said. Also Read - Husband May be Brutal But Can Sexual Intercourse Between Man And Wife be Called Rape? SC Stays Arrest of Rape Accused
According to the Crime Branch charge sheet, the juvenile accused had played a key role in the abduction, rape and murder of the girl. The other accused arrested in the case include local resident Sanji Ram, his son Vishal Sharma and two special police officers. In January, the eight-year-old girl was abducted, sedated, gangraped and then murdered in Kathua. Her body was recovered from a forest on January 17, a week after she went missing while grazing horses in the forest area. Also Read - UPSC Exam 2021: Supreme Court Dismisses Plea Of Last Attempt Civil Service Candidates
The case was shifted to Pathankot district and sessions court which ruled that the accused, who claimed to be a juvenile, will be tried as an adult. A medical test had found that the accused was aged over 20. Rejecting the plea of Defence counsel, District and Sessions Judge Tajwinder Singh said the accused, Parvesh Kumar alias ‘Mannu’, will be treated as an adult. The medical report was submitted before the court by the Jammu and Kashmir police’s crime branch after it resumed post-summer break.