Threat to life from ac­cused: Kathua wit­ness

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES NATION - Ajay.Sura@ times­

Chandi­garh: One of the 22 wit­nesses in the in­fa­mous Kathua rape and mur­der case has al­leged threat to his life af­ter record­ing his state­ment be­fore the trial court in Pathankot.

Jammu SSP (crime) Ramesh Ku­mar Jalla filed an ap­pli­ca­tion on Thurs­day be­fore the district and ses­sions judge, Te­jwinder Singh, al­leg­ing that a wit­ness had re­ceived threats from the ac­cused fac­ing trial in Pathankot.

Ad­vo­cate AK Sawhney told TOI that Jalla’s ap­pli­ca­tion ap­peared to in­volve some vested in­ter­ests. “If the wit­ness was re­ceiv­ing threats, he should have in­formed the judge or could have given a com­plaint to the Pathankot or Jammu po­lice. It is not Jalla’s job to move ap­pli­ca­tions on be­half of the wit­nesses. We will file a writ­ten re­ply be­fore the court on Fri­day,” Sawhney added.

The district and ses­sions judge on Thurs­day also di­rected the su­per­in­ten­dent of Kathua district jail to help fam­i­lies of the ac­cused meet them. The court passed the direc­tions af­ter fam­ily mem­bers of some of the ac­cused had re­quested per­mis­sion to meet them Their plea was that the ac­cused were be­ing shift­edto Pathankot , mak­ing it im­pos­si­ble for their fam­i­lies to meet them.

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