Kathua rape case: FIR filed against eight lawyers for obstructing Crime Branch officials from filing chargesheet

Jammu: Eight lawyers have been identified and named by the police in its FIR filed last week against a group of advocates who allegedly tried to prevent crime branch sleuths from filing a chargesheet against the accused in the rape and murder of a girl in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir, an official said.

People display placards as they take part in 'Not In My Name' protest against the recent incidents of rapes, at Parliament Street in New Delhi. PTI

People display placards as they take part in 'Not In My Name' protest against the recent incidents of rapes, at Parliament Street in New Delhi. PTI

The FIR was lodged against dozens of lawyers on 10 April, a day after members of Bar Association, Kathua, (BAK) staged a protest and tried to obstruct the police from filing the chargesheet in the court of chief judicial magistrate, Kathua, against seven of the eight accused arrested in connection with the rape and murder case.

During the investigation, the role of eight lawyers has come to the fore and accordingly their names were included in the FIR, the official said adding the investigation was still ongoing and the inclusion of more names cannot be ruled out.

The trial in the case, which started on Tuesday, is expected to go smoothly after the Jammu and Kathua Bar associations received a rap on the knuckles by the Supreme Court on 13 April as the apex court took a strong note of some lawyers obstructing the judicial process in the case.

The Supreme Court initiated a case on its own record saying such impediment “affects the dispensation of justice and would amount to obstruction of access to justice”.

On 14 April, the Bar Association, Kathua, claimed that they never obstructed the crime branch from filing the chargesheet against the accused. It also withdrew its offer to contest the case of the accused free of cost.


Updated Date: Apr 16, 2018 21:52 PM

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