Kathua rape case: SC likely to decide today if trial should be shifted to Chandigarh and probe transferred to CBI

New Delhi: The Supreme Court is likely to hear the Kathua gangrape-and-murder case on Monday along with the petitions seeking shifting of the trial to Chandigarh and handing over the investigation to the CBI.

A bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, which had stayed the trial in the case till Monday, would deal with the prayer of the victim's father for shifting the trial to Chandigarh and the plea of the accused seeking handing over the probe to CBI.

 Kathua rape case: SC likely to decide today if trial should be shifted to Chandigarh and probe transferred to CBI

File image of Supreme Court. Reuters

The victim, an eight-year-old girl from a minority nomadic community, had disappeared from near her home in a village near Kathua in the Jammu region on 10 January. Her body was found in the same area a week later.

The apex court had earlier given a stern warning and said it would transfer the Kathua gangrape-and-murder case from the local court in the "slightest possibility" of lack of fair trial, saying the "real concern" was to hold proper prosecution.

The girl's father had moved the apex court earlier, apprehending threat to the family, a friend and their lawyer Deepika Singh Rajawat. A separate plea was also filed by two accused seeking that the trial in the case be held in Jammu and the probe handed over to the CBI.

The state police's Crime Branch, which probed the case, filed the main charge sheet against seven persons and a separate charge sheet against a juvenile in a court in Kathua district last week. The charge sheet revealed chilling details about how the girl was allegedly kidnapped, drugged and raped inside a place of worship before being killed.

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Updated Date: May 07, 2018 10:33:33 IST