SRINAGAR: J&K High Court Bar Association (JKHCBA) Srinagar has expressed deep concern over the reported endorsement of BJP top brass in giving “free hand” to axed minister Lal Singh for galvanising support and intensifying his campaign for a CBI probe in the kidnapping, gang rape and brutal murder of an eight-year-old girl of Kathua.
“(This is) shameful for those who are ruling in Delhi and J&K State and are supposed to uphold the rule of law, but are covertly and overtly extending their support to criminals who are involved in the aforesaid kidnapping, gang rape and brutal murder of the minor girl,” Bar said in a statement.
“At a time when the matter is pending in a court of law at Pathankot and the proceedings of the case are going to be held on day-to-day basis from Thursday, May 31, in pursuance of the judgment of the Supreme Court, giving free hand to Lal Singh and endorsing his demand of having a CBI probe in the matter and that too after the filing of a challan in the court of law, clearly exposes the mindset of the BJP leadership and its local cadre, of which notice deserves to be taken by all those who believe in fair trial and justice,” the statement added.
The Association also demanded punishment for those who commit violent acts against women and thereafter by communalising and politicising the matter try to avoid the clutches of law on one pretext or the other.
Meanwhile, in its executive committee meet held on Wednesday, Bar Association paid rich tributes to Aasiya and Neelofar, who were also raped and murdered in 2009 at Shopian.
Terming the investigation conducted in the case by CBI as unfair and unjust, it was decided to support any move of the family in taking the matter to the International Court of Justice and to provide all kind of legal assistance, Bar observed during the meeting.
The members condemned the continued detention of Aasiya Andrabi, Nahida Nasreen and Fehmeeda Sofi. They also condemned the treatment meted out to Kashmiri prisoners lodged in Tihar Jail.
Bar also requested the International Red Cross, Amnesty International, Asia Watch and other human rights organisations of the world, to send their teams to Kashmir so that they visit the jails where Kashmiri prisoners have been lodged and see for themselves as to what kind of treatment is being meted out to them by jail authorities and how those authorities are not honouring the court orders