Ac­cused seek narco test as Kathua trial be­gins

SC asks J&K if trial should be shifted

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - FRONT PAGE - San­jay Kha­juria & M Saleem Pan­dit

Jammu/Srinagar: The trial in the Kathua gang rape and mur­der case that has trig­gered na­tion­wide out­rage be­gan on Mon­day be­fore the court of prin­ci­pal ses­sions court judge San­jay Gupta, with the seven ac­cused plead­ing not guilty and vol­un­teer­ing to un­dergo a narco-anal­y­sis test.

The court also asked the crime branch of the Jammu and Kash­mir po­lice to give the ac­cused copies of the chargesheet and fixed April The

SC sought J&K’s re­sponse to a pe­ti­tion filed by the vic­tim’s fa­ther seek­ing shift­ing of the trial to Chandi­garh. It also asked the state govern­ment to de­ploy cops in plain clothes to pro­tect the girl’s fam­ily and lawyers. 28 as the next date of hear­ing. The eighth ac­cused in the case is a ju­ve­nile who moved a bail plea be­fore the chief ju­di­cial mag­is­trate. The mat­ter will be heard on April 26.

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