Kathua rape case: HC issues notice to govt over dismissal of accused cop

Seeks reply within two weeks

ARVIND SHARMA
Jammu, Publish Date: Jul 21 2018 12:05AM | Updated Date: Jul 21 2018 12:05AM
Kathua rape case: HC issues notice to govt over dismissal of accused cop

The Jammu and Kashmir High Court, Jammu Wing, on Friday issued a notice to DGP SP Vaid and others for dismissing from police service one of the accused in the Kathua-rape-and-murder case. The court sought reply from the DGP and others (respondents) within two weeks.  

The accused, Tilak Raj, a constable, was first placed under suspension on March 8, 2018, after his involvement in the brutal rape and murder case of the eight year old girl of Rasana (Kathua) came to the fore.

The Crime Branch (CB), investigating the case, charged Tilak Raj with destroying evidence besides the dereliction of duty. The accused was later dismissed from the police service on April 17, 2018.

 The accused, through defence lawyer, AK Sawhney, yesterday filed a writ petition in the Jammu and Kashmir High Court, Jammu Wing, challenging his dismissal order.

Justice MK Hanjura of Jammu and Kashmir High Court, Jammu Wing, after hearing the defence lawyer AK Sawhney today issued the notice to DGP and others to file a reply within two weeks with reasons therein that why the dismissal order should not be quashed, AK Sawhney said.

 The defence lawyer demanded from the court that the order, as per which the accused was dismissed from services, be quashed, sources said.

 “The court issued notice to DGP and others asking them to file reply within two weeks that why the order, as per which the accused was dismissed from services, not be quashed,” Sawhney told Greater Kashmir.

 In the writ petition, defence lawyer submitted, “Dismissal of accused from services is an arbitrary order issued by DGP”.

 It has also been submitted, “No notice was issued to accused, no inquiry was conducted and the accused was dismissed from services”.

“The dismissal of accused from services is against Principle of Natural Justice, violation of Supreme Court order, discriminatory and arbitrary,” the defence lawyer submitted before the court in the petition.

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