JKCC demands transfer of case from Kathua Court

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Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Coordination Committee (JKCC), an amalgam of the trade, industry, tourism, travel, horticulture chambers and civil society formations, on Saturday urged the state government to ensure transfer of Kathua rape and murder case to some court in any district of the state other than the three districts of Jammu, Kathua and Samba.
In a meeting JKCC members expressed deep concern over the strike call observed by the people of these three districts on the call given by Jammu Bar association and some other civil society in a bid to support the culprits named in the charge sheet filed by the crime branch.
JKCC has also castigated JKHCBAJ and Kathua Bar Association for their murky role in the investigation of the gruesome rape and murder of an 8-year old innocent child. “Blocking the Crime Branch team from submitting the charge sheet in Kathua court and subsequent strike call given by High Court Bar Association Jammu in a bid to protect the rapists and murderers has brought in collective shame to the overwhelming humane citizens of Jammu”, observed the members of JKCC.
“The inflammatory statements and speeches made by JKHCBAJ president and some others clearly tantamount to inciting of violence for which they need to be booked under PSA and put behind the bars,” observed members.
“It is the matter of shame that responsible and saner lawyers of the bar association are still waiting for sacking such shameless president for making their noble profession murkier,” they said in a statement.
“JKCC is also pained to know that the concerned judge in the Kathua court had declined to accept the charge sheet for several hours which is a grave matter and warrants investigation by the judicial authorities,” they said.
“In any case the justice cannot be expected in Kathua court under such hostile environment and biased approach,” observed the members.
While expressing satisfaction over the sacking of two ministers for their role and attempted support to save the culprits, JKCC has also demanded a probe in their role in alleged complicity in the land mafia of Kathua and Samba.