Kathua rape and murder accused plead not guilty, ask for narco test

Kathua rape and murder accused plead not guilty, ask for narco test

According to ANI news agency, the father of the eight-year-old victim approached the apex court to seek safety, security and transfer of the case outside the state.

"As an interim measure, it is directed that the Jammu and Kashmir government will beef up security to the family and others and provide security to them", the bench, also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, said. In order to conclude the trail in a "free and fair manner", the case should be transferred out of Jammu, the petition noted.

All eight accused in the Kathua rape-murder case were presented on Monday before Kathua Chief Judicial Magistrate A.S. Langeh amid tight security as the trial began.

Jaising told the court that a fair trial is an inseparable facet of Article 21 of the Constitution, and there is an apprehension in the mind of the petitioner, the biological father of the victim, that there would be no fair trial as there have been protests by the members of the Bar.

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The bench asked the state government, represented by lawyer Shoeb Alam, to file a response to the plea seeking transfer of trial and fixed the matter for further hearing on April 27. "The next hearing is on April 28", said Ankur Sharma, counsel for the accused, told Mirror.

The father also sought for security for his family and lawyers repreenting them. Relatives of the victim present outside the Kathua court accused the media of ignoring extensive reportage of this heinous crime for almost three months. However there is an attempt to derail it, she also said. She added that she had been called anti-Hindu and boycotted socially. On Friday midnight, Congress president Rahul Gandhi and other party leaders held a candlelight vigil at the India Gate in the national capital to demand strict action in Unnao and Kathua rape cases. The atmosphere is highly polarised, she also said.

The minor girl had disappeared from near her home in the forests in Kathua, on January 10.

A girl displays a placard during a protest against the rape and murder of a 8-year-old girl in Kathua, in Bengaluru on Monday. On January 13 Parves, Vishal and the juvenile took the victim from the temple to a nearby area and killed her.

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