Senior CPI (M) leader and MLA Kulgam M Y Tarigami today flayed the Bar Council of India (BCI) for “advocating” the CBI probe into Kathua rape and murder case” and “justifying” the protests by the lawyers of Jammu Bar Association in this regard, in its report to the Supreme Court.
Tarigami said the BCI panel had “no authority to submit such a report.”
He said the apex court had not sought any opinion from the BCI on “justifiability” of a CBI investigation of the Kathua case.
“They (the BCI panel) were only directed by the Supreme Court to enquire and find out whether the local lawyers had obstructed the filing of the charge sheet by the police.”
He said, “The CBI investigation is a demand made by the accused and the Hindu Ekta Munch. The accused have no right to demand such investigation. They can’t choose the investigating authority. The attempt of the BCI is to give legitimacy to this illegal demand of the accused and the Hindu Ekta Munch and to influence the investigating officers/police, prosecution and thereby deny fair trial to the victim.”