Kathua case: CB produces juvenile before JJB

Crime Branch of Jammu and Kashmir Police on Monday produced accused juvenile before the Juvenile Justice Board at Kathua for trial in Rasana rape-and-murder case.

The juvenile’s age is yet to be determined by the Jammu and Kashmir High Court. The High Court has listed the case for hearing on 5 August.

Even as the juvenile was produced before the JJB, the Crime Branch could not produce any eyewitness against him for second time. The special public prosecutor was also present in the court.

Pertinently, the juvenile has been charge-sheeted as main accused in the rape-and-murder of minor nomad girl.

The Juvenile Justice Board has fixed 14 August as next date of trial against the juvenile, nine days after the High Court of Jammu and Kashmir will determine his age.

The Crime Branch has been contesting the age of juvenile as adult, while the defense lawyers claim that he is not adult. Hence, the CB alongwith medical and municipal records have approached the High Court in this regard.

Meanwhile, Punjab and Haryana High Court has fixed next date of hearing on 7 August where all the seven accused persons have been summoned by the Court. A total of eight persons were held guilty, but one could not be punished in the special court as his age was yet to be determined.

Rest, seven accused persons including Sanji Ram, Deepak Khajuria and Parvesh Kumar – were given life sentence and three other police officials were awarded five years each sentence for destroying the evidences.

Meanwhile, Vishal Jangotra, son of Sanji Ram resident of Rasana in Hiranagar (Kathua) was acquitted by the Pathankot special court as prosecution failed to prove his involvement in the heinous crime.

To enhance their sentence and again prove involvement of Jangotra, the prosecution has approached Haryana and Punjab High Court. The family members of the victim girl have demanded death sentence for Sanji Ram, Deepak Khajuria and Parvesh Kumar and life sentence for three police officials who destroyed the evidences to help the accused.