SC orders transfer of accused of Kathua rape case to Gurdaspur district Jail

Supreme Court on Monday ordered transfer of accused in Kathua gang rape and murder case from Kathua district jail to Gurdaspur district jail in Punjab citing exceptional circumstances. The apex court also directed J&K Police to file supplementary charge sheet in Kathua gangrape and murder case within eight weeks.

It modified its order and granted liberty to litigants of the case to move Punjab and Haryana HC if aggrieved of trial court orders.

Taking note of the threat perception, it has directed both the J&K  and Punjab state government to provide security to trial judge and Special Public Prosecutor of the case.

Crime Branch had filed a charge sheet against eight people including Sanjhi Ram, a retired revenue official and the alleged mastermind of the crime, his son Vishal Jangotra and his nephew who is a juvenile.

Other accused include Parvesh Kumar alias Mannu, Special Police Officers (SPOs) of Deepak Kumar Khajuria alias Deepu and Surinder Kumar, Sub Inspector of  Hira Nagar  police station Anand Dutta and head constable Tilak Raj.

According to the 15-page charge sheet of the Jammu and Kashmir’s Crime Branch, the girl from a minority nomadic community, who was kidnapped on January 10 this year, was allegedly raped in captivity in a small village temple in Kathua district.

She was kept sedated for four days before being bludgeoned to death. The rape and murder of the minor created massive outrage in the country.

There were also reportedly rallies supporting the accused in J&K which led to the resignation of two ministers from the erstwhile Mehbooba Mufti cabinet.

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