Kathua rape accused to be produced before Pathankot court on May 31

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 30 May 2018 08:42:14



THE eight people accused in the case of the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl from a minority nomadic community in Kathua will be produced before a court in Pathankot in Punjab on May 31 in accordance with the directions of the Supreme Court, officials said on Tuesday.

The Jammu and Kashmir’s elite Crime Branch will produce the chargesheet in the case as well as all the accused in the case before the District and Sessions judge in Pathankot.
Officials said a police team along with the staff of Kathua’s District and Sessions judge will present all the files to the court in Pathankot, 30 km from Kathua, and request permission to translate all the documents from Urdu to English.

Citing security concerns in transporting the accused to court, the public prosecutor will move a plea to keep them in judicial custody in Pathankot, the officials said.
After several petitions in the Jammu and Kashmir High Court as well as the Supreme Court, the case is finally set to move to the trial stage with the apex court directing the district and sessions judge in Pathankot to hold an in-camera hearing.
The Crime Branch had submitted a chargesheet in the crime on April 9 before the Kathua court.