Kathua gangrape and murder: Supreme Court rejects plea for CBI inquiry, transfers trial to Pathankot in Punjab

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The Supreme Court on Monday rejected the plea for a CBI inquiry into the gangrape and murder of an 8-year-old child in Kathua. The top court also transferred the trial out of Jammu and Kashmir to Pathankot in Punjab.

Kathua
Two rape accused

The family of the 8-year-old, who was brutally gang-raped and murdered in Kathua had moved the apex court seeking the transfer of the case outside Jammu and Kashmir. The Supreme Court also ordered a speedy trial of the case without adjournments.

The case had sparked an international outrage particularly after the lawyers in Kathua had stopped the Crime Branch officials from submitting the charge-sheet in the local court.

Kathua Bar Association had even called for a bandh on 12 April in support of the rapists and murderers of the 8-year-old child.

Two BJP ministers in the Jammu and Kashmir government, Industries Minister Chandra Prakash Ganga and Forest Minister Lal Singh, had to resign after the BJP faced criticism for their support to the rapists and murderers. Both had addressed a rally in support of the accused by a group called the Hindu Ekta Manch in March.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was finally forced to break his silence promising that no one will be spared.

 

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