Kathuarape-and-murder: SC to hear petition seeking CBI probe in July

In the first week of July, the Supreme Court will hear a petition demanding a CBI-led investigation into the brutal rape and murder of an eight-year-old nomadic girl in Rasana village of Kathua district in January this year.
Kathuarape-and-murder: SC to hear petition seeking CBI probe in July
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In the first week of July, the Supreme Court will hear a petition demanding a CBI-led investigation into the brutal rape and murder of an eight-year-old nomadic girl in Rasana village of Kathua district in January this year.  

The petition has been filed by one of the accused, Vishal Jangotra, son of another accused, Sanji Ram who has been named as the mastermind by the Crime Branch of Jammu and Kashmir police in its 500-page chargesheet.

Jangotra had filed the petition after the trial of the case was transferred to Pathankot court from Kathua on the orders of the apex court.

"In the writ petition we have mentioned the grounds and various other reasons and the loopholes in the investigation conducted by the CB in the case and demanded that the case needs investigation by an independent agency like the CBI," said defence lawyer Ankur Sharma who represents Sanji Rama, Vishal Jangotra and a juvenile.

The case about juvenile's age is pending before the court.

The Supreme Court did not favour handing over the investigation to the CBI after victim's father expressed satisfaction over the investigation carried out so far.

"In the absence of any allegation why should we enter into this as to who should investigate," a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Mishra had said, adding that it was "the primary duty of the state police to investigate a case".

The apex court, on the plea of victim's father, transferred the case to Pathankot and ordered day-to-day in-camera hearing/trial to ensure speedy justice to the victim. The trial in Pathankot district and session court began on May 31.

There are 226 witnesses in the case mentioned by the CB in its charge sheet. The court had summoned 17 witnesses yesterday but none of them appeared in the court.

The court took serious note of failure of CB to produce witnesses and directed SSP CB to appear in person in the court on Monday.   

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