Protect victim’s kin, lawyer: SC
Court wants fair trial in Kathua case
The Supreme Court on Monday ordered protection by policemen in plainclothes for the Kathua victim’s family and their lawyer Deepika Singh Rajawat.
The court said its entire focus was on a fair trial for the victim and her family. It termed the abduction, rape and murder of the eightyear-old “brutal.”
The victim’s father praised the State police investigators for doing a “thorough” job. This at a time when there is an agitation seeking transfer of the investigation to the CBI.
Seeks J&K’s response
Appearing before a Bench led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, the father, however, wanted the trial transferred from Jammu to Chandigarh. The court asked the Jammu and Kashmir government to respond to this plea. It posted the case for April 27, a day before the Kathua Chief Judicial Magistrate’s court is scheduled to hear arguments on the chargesheet.
Senior advocate Indira Jaising, for the father, said the family wanted a fair trial and not compensation.
Advocate Deepika Singh Rajawat speaking in New Delhi.