Kathua rape-murder: Accused files petition in J&K HC seeking CBI probe

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Meanwhile, Sub Inspector Anand Dutta and Head Constable Tilak Raj, two of the eight people arrested in the case, have filed a petition in J&K High Court and pleading that the probe be handed over to the CBI.

Two of the accused in the Kathua rape incident have strongly opposed in the Supreme Court the plea for transfer of the trial from Kathua court to a court in Chandigarh.

Nationwide protests have been held in the past week over the gang-rape and murder of an eight-year-old Muslim girl in Jammu and Kashmir state.In the latest case, the child's body was found on a building site early Tuesday, hours after she went missing from a wedding in the Etah district of Uttar Pradesh state.

Despite the sensitivity of the case, he is member of the probe panel, the petitioners said, while pleading for a fresh CBI probe in the case. The Association said the allegation that Deepika Singh Rajawat, advocate for the victim was threatened was false.

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It said a "motivated and malicious campaign" by some media channels had created an "erroneous impression" about the motives of the Bandh call in Jammu by projecting the legal fraternity, as also the people supporting the bandh, as pro-rapists which was "factually incorrect and misleading and denied". It added that she was also not obstructed from appearing in court.

It said that crime branch had taken an administrative decision in its own wisdom to produce the accused in the case at the residence of Chief Judicial Magistrate in the wake of "a volatile situation" prevailing at that time.

"As the charge sheet was filed in Kathua, and the alleged obstruction, if any, caused in filing the same can be better explained by the members of District Bar Association, Kathua", it said. The minor girl had disappeared from near her home in the forests next to Rasana village in Kathua, on January 10.

The counsel for the juvenile accused had applied for bail after the state police's crime branch filed a chargesheet against him and seven adults in the case on April 9.

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