‘Accused opposed transfer of trial, insisted for CBI probe’

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Srinagar, May 7: Counsel for J&K government on Kathua case Monday said that the rejection of the plea of the accused seeking CBI probe into Kathua minor rape case and insistence on trial of the case in Kathua court has vindicated the stand of the government before the Supreme Court of India.
Talking to a news agency over phone from Delhi, the counsel for J&K government on Kathua case Advocate Shoaib Alam Monday said though the counsel for the accused insisted on his plea for transfer of Kathua minor rape case investigation from Crime Branch of Jammu and Kashmir Police to Central Bureau of Investigation and continuation of the trial of the case in Kathua court but Supreme Court after hearing all the parties involved in the case rejected the plea for transfer of the case to CBI and transferred the trial of the case from Kathua court to Pathankot in Punjab.
Replying to a question he said “we on the behalf of J&K government opposed the transfer of the investigation of the Kathua case from J&K police Crime Branch to CBI and the transfer of the trial of the case outside Jammu and Kashmir barring Jammu and Kathua.”
Saying that the J&K government also proposed the transfer of the case from Kathua to Ramban which was also accepted by the counsel for the victim’s family but the accused objected to it, Alam said the Supreme Court after hearing all the sides rejected the plea of the accused for CBI probe and directed transfer of the trial from Kathua court to Pathankot in Punjab and the trial would be conducted in camera under the supervision of Supreme Court. He said the Supreme Court has also restrained all courts in the country from entertaining any petition on Kathua minor rape case. (KNS)