SRINAGAR: Kashmir Solidarity Forum (KSF) Monday held a silent protest here against the Bar Council of India for giving clean chit to the Kuthua lawyers in chargesheet filling obstruction incident in the court.
The protesters were holding placards in their hands and their mouths were sealed with a piece of cloth depicting ‘silence’.
“Everything is silent again, just like it was in the beginning,” said Rayees Rasool of KSF.
The protest, according to the forum, was also against the apprehensions regarding the transfer of the case outside the state.
The forum claimed that whenever a case likes Maqbool Bhat, Afzal Guroo or the sex scandal was transferred outside the state it was always ‘against the wishes and interests’ of people of Kashmir.
“It is not happening for the first time, it has happened before in the case of Kunan-Poshpora mass rape case when Press Trust of India formed the report covering up the issue and saved army,” Rayees said.
Accusing BCI of ‘supporting the subversion’ of the legal process and playing an ‘elder brother’ role for the lawyers of Jammu, he said the BCI is ‘institutionally shielding’ them.
“The High Court Bar Association Jammu claimed the responsibility for obstructing the filing of the charge sheet but the Bar Council says that they were protesting for the transfer of the case,” Rayees said.
They termed the observation of Supreme Court on transfer application as ‘judicial non-application of mind where they have said that they are ‘considering it’ (the transfer of the case to CBI).
Calling CBI as a political tool used by governments at centre for their own interests, the forum demanded not to handover the case to the investigating agency
Meanwhile, Gujjar and Bakerwal Youth Conference Monday also held protest demonstrations against Bar Council of India’s (BCI) for backing Kuthua lawyers.
The protesters were holding placards reading ‘Shame on CBI’, ‘No CBI only Crime Brach’ and ‘Justice for Asifa’.
Terming the Bar Council’s report as ‘unfortunate’ and ‘one-sided’, the protesters demanded a judicial enquiry of the report by a Supreme Court judge.
“We had high hopes from the Bar Council when they visited Kathua but their report is in the support of therapists and has given a clean chit to the lawyers from Jammu,” said Zahid Parvaz Choudhry, who was
leading the protest.
“How can they turn a blind eye to the F.I.R filed by the police and the press release issued by the lawyers which clearly suggests that they created hindrances in filling the charge sheet,” he added.
The association alleged that some elements are trying to create an “environment of terror” in Jammu.
Blaming Lal Singh, the suspended BJP minister, for ‘anti-people activities’ and playing ‘communal politics’, they demanded an immediate restriction on his activities.
“Even if he (Lal Singh) is suspended, he is still interfering in the matter which is sub-judice,” Zahid said. Warning of ‘serious consequences’ against ‘framing’ of the social activist, Talib Hussain, for being ‘targeted’ for standing with the victim and her community.
“We all stand with Talib and if anything untoward happens to him, the consequences will be disastrous,” Zahid said.
They applauded the Crime Branch investigation and claimed to be satisfied’ with the enquiry.