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KBA demands transfer of Kathua case to HC
SRINAGAR, Apr 16: Kashmir Bar Association (KBA) today demanded transfer of Kathua rape and murder case to the state High Court.

The demand was made by bar president Mian Abdul Qayoom during a protest here. He also demanded death penalty for those involved in the rape and murder of eight year old girl.

The father of the victim today approached Supreme Court with a plea that the case be transferred to Chandigarh as the situation in Kathua is not conducive for a free and fair trial. The Supreme Court directed the state government to inform it regarding response to the plea of victim’s father by April 27.

In his interaction with media during the protest today, Mian Abdul Qayoom said bar is not in favour of transferring the case to Chandigarh.

He added that the state high court should transfer case to itself.

Qayoom stated that the atmosphere is not conducive in Kathua for holding trial in the case.

He said, “We are not in favour of transferring case. The atmosphere at Kathua is not conducive for fair trial of the case. The state High Court has a wing in Jammu, and a wing in Srinagar. We demand that this case should be transferred to high court itself. They should nominate a judge for this purpose and that judge should be given exclusive task of trail of this case as quickly as possible”.

Asked whether bar will provide legal assistance to the affected family, Qayoom said they are ready to do so.” We are ready but nobody has approached us for the purpose till now,” he said.

The bar president demanded death sentence for those involved.

News Updated at : Tuesday, April 17, 2018
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