Pro­tect vic­tim’s kin, lawyer: SC

Court wants fair trial in Kathua case

The Hindu - - FRONT PAGE - Kr­ish­nadas ra­jagopal

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.

SAN­DEEP SAXENA ■

Ad­vo­cate Deepika Singh Ra­jawat speak­ing in New Delhi.

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