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Kathua rape and murder case: Trial postponed till April 28, daughter of accused alleges conspiracy

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In latest development regarding Kathua rape and murder case, the hearing has been postponed until April 28. The court directed that chargesheet copies should be provided to all accused, we are ready for narco tests. Next date of hearing is April 28, said Ankur Sharma, Counsel for accused. Meanwhile, daughter of accused Sanji Ram has alleged a conspiracy in the Kathua Case, and has demanded a CBI probe.

In the aftermath of Kathua and Unnao rape cases, Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief Swati Maliwal, who has been on hunger strike since April 13 demanding death penalty for rapists was checked by doctors regarding her health.

Earlier, the trial in the gruesome Kathua rape and murder case was to begin today against eight accused who allegedly held an eight-year-old girl in captivity in a small village temple in Kathua district for a week in January this year during which she was kept sedated and sexually assaulted before being bludgeoned to death.

The accused include a juvenile against whom a separate charge sheet was filed. The chief judicial magistrate of Kathua will be committing one of the charge sheets, in which seven people have been named, to the sessions court for trial as mandated under the law. The chief judicial magistrate will, however, hold the trial for the juvenile as it is the designated court under the juvenile act, according to officials. The Jammu and Kashmir government has appointed two special public prosecutors, both Sikhs, for the trial in the sensitive case, a move being seen as made to ensure “neutrality” in view of Hindu-Muslim polarisation over the case.

The trial is expected to go smoothly after the Jammu Bar association as well as the Kathua Bar received a rap on the knuckles by the Supreme Court on April 13 as the apex court took a strong note of some lawyers obstructing the judicial process in the case. The Supreme Court initiated a case on its own record saying such impediment “affects the dispensation of justice and would amount to obstruction of access to justice”.

(with inputs from Agencies)