Bar condemns ‘one-sided’ report on Kathua rape-murder

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SRINAGAR: J&K High Court Bar Association (JKHCBA) Srinagar has slammed the members of the “so-called” fact finding team who have submitted a “one-sided” report on Kathua kidnapping, rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl to home minister and have demanded a CBI probe in the matter.
“The report of the team comprised of those members, who are of RSS mindset and who had in the past organised a ‘Sapt Sindhu Jammu Kashmir Ladakh Mohatsar’ at Nagpur, which was attended by RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat and who in the seminar had advocated the need of ‘Shakti’ and ‘Yukti’ to suppress the voice of the people of Kashmir,” Bar said in a statement issued here.
It said at a time when the trial court is seized of the matter and the Supreme Court has also taken suo-motu cognisance of the impediment created by the lawyers at Kathua to the Crime Branch in presenting the challan against the accused in the Court of CJM, Kathua, the group of intellectuals and academicians had no jurisdiction, power or authority to constitute the team of biased elements and make them to submit a report “loaded with malice” to the home ministry, justifying the demand of conducting a CBI probe in the matter.
Bar also condemned the killing of a youth Adil Ahmad Yatoo who was killed after a forces’ vehicle allegedly ran over him during clashes in Safa Kadal area of downtown Srinagar on Saturday. It also denounced the “role of police in snatching his dead body” at SMHS Hospital Srinagar and causing injuries to three journalists who were recording the event.
Bar termed it as “barbaric and shameful” and demanded that the driver of the vehicle and all those who connived with him in the killing of the boy should be booked.
The Bar Association also condemned the fuelling of communal passions by BJP workers, including the local MP at Aligarh, ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha elections, by first asking the Vice Chancellor of AMU to explain the reasons for Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s portrait being hung on the University Campus and thereafter the UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath calling for removal of the said portrait “forgetting that the portrait of Late Mohammad Ali Jinnah was there in his capacity as founder member of the university court and not as first Governor General of Pakistan, who as a great lawyer, philosopher and leader, is revered by hundreds of millions of people in the subcontinent including L K Advani (former deputy prime minister of India) and Jaswant Singh (former finance minister).
It also condemned the trespass and “criminal” assault made by the members of Hindu Yuva Vahani on May 2 at AMU campus which was “well supported and protected by the police, in which grievous injuries were caused to a number of students of the university”.