Kathua rape: SC seeks J&K's response on transfer of trial

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The SC issued a notice to the State government seeking a reply on the plea of the father of the victim that the case now being heard in a court in Kathua itself be transferred outside the state to ensure free trial. The court also asked the state government to provide security to the lawyers of the family.

"As an interim measure, it is directed that the Jammu and Kashmir Police to beef up the security and provide adequate security personnel to the family, Deepika Singh Rajawat and family friend Talid Hussain", the bench said.

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Among the accused in the Kathua rape murder case, there is a juvenile against whom a separate charge sheet was filed.

Sources said the CBI presented the medical report of the victim in the special court where it was said that she was not a minor at the time of crime.

Immediately after the brief hearing in the sessions court, the seven accused were shifted back to the jail under heavy security. The court was adjourned to allow for this routine procedure, and a further hearing has been set for April 28.

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The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to urgently hear a plea in the Kathua rape and murder case. On Friday midnight, Congress president Rahul Gandhi and other party leaders held a candlelight vigil at the India Gate in the national capital to demand strict action in Unnao and Kathua rape cases. We are satisfied with the investigation. "All accused have been forensically and physically identified. DNA samples have been matched", the lawyer said, adding that she hailed the state police.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud considered the submission advanced by senior advocate Indira Jaising, representing Rajawat and Kapur, for urgent hearing of the two petitions today itself.

The top court had on April 13 taken strong note of some lawyers obstructing the judicial process in the gangrape and murder case and initiated a case on its own record, saying such impediment "affects the dispensation of justice and would amount to obstruction of access to justice".

Counsel also said that there should be protection for the victim as well as the lawyer who has a right to protect the interest of the victims in the Court.

However, in a fast development, during the medical examination of the victim, it was found that she was not a minor when the rape took place in June, 2017.

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