The Supreme Court has ordered that the recent case of the eight year old girl’s rape and murder in Kathua, be shifted out of Jammu & Kashmir to Punjab. The apex court asked the district and sessions judge at Pathankot to personally undertake the trial proceedings.
The order came on a petition by the victim’s father seeking transfer of the case to Chandigarh. He had stated that their family was receiving death threats and that they feared for their lives.
However, the bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Mishra refrained from handing over the probe to CBI. The court directed that the trial be fast tracked and ensure that there was no delay as the investigation has been conducted and charge sheet filed.
The court allowed the J&K government to appoint a special public prosecutor to conduct the trial. The court also ordered continuation of special security to the victim’s family members, a family friend and the lawyer representing them.