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Kathua rape case: Victim’s family wants trial outside politicised Jammu

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Jammu: Wary of the acute politicisation of the Kathua rape case, which led to the unceremonious sacking of two BJP ministers in Kashmir and constrained the local lawyers in Jammu to restrain the Crime Branch from filing the charge-sheet in the district court, family lawyers said they would request the Supreme Court to transfer the trial to another state.

The Jammu Bar association, whose members held rallies in support of the rape accused, say they are not satisfied with the police investigation. The lawyers have been on strike for 12 days demanding a CBI probe. The Bar Council of India, in turn, has asked the Jammu and Kathua bar associations to call off their strike and decided to send a five-member team headed by a former high court chief justice to investigate the alleged incident of misconduct on part of the lawyers. The Supreme Court has also issued a notice to the lawyers’ associations in the state. Manan Kumar Mishra, chairman of the Bar Council of India, said, “If any lawyer is found guilty, we have the rights to cancel their license for a lifetime”.