The apex court also directed the Jammu and Kashmir government to provide police protection to Kathua victim's family members and their lawyers. The court has agreed to hear the plea at 2 PM today.
At the outset, the victim's counsel Indira Jaising, who mentioned the matter for an urgent hearing in the forenoon, said the "biological father" of the victim had no grievance with regard to the police probe.
Sanji Ram fixed as mastermind, his son Vishal, sub-inspector Anand Dutta, two Special Police Officers Deepak Khajuria and Surender Verma, head constable Tilak Raj and civilian Parvesh Kumar, were booked under Sections 302, 376, 201 and 120-B of the Ranbir Penal Code.
Sharing details of today's hearing, Former Secretary Supreme Court (SC) Bar Association, Advocate Ashok Arora told local news gatehring agency Kashmir News Service (KNS) that the apex court has directed the JK government to provide police protection to the victim family s well the lawyers who are pleading the case of a Kathua minor girl, Asifa.
The top court asked the state government to reply by April 27 on whether a plea to transfer the Kathua rape and murder case from the state's courts to Chandigarh should be allowed. He added, "we are depending on information from social media.We are handicapped". The PIL filed by the victim's lawyer, seeks the transfer of case outside the J&K to Delhi. The eighth accused, a juvenile who moved a bail plea before the chief judicial magistrate, will be heard on April 26.
The bench said those policemen providing security to the victim's family and others will be in plain clothes. Their counsel said they were ready to undergo narco analysis test to prove their innocence. The court was, however, adjourned soon after the hearing began as the defence claimed that the Jammu and Kashmir Police had not provided a copy of the chargesheet to them.
The court had said on Friday that access to justice can not be obstructed, after local lawyers tried to stop filing of the chargesheet in the case last week.
The minor girl, aged about eight years, was abducted, raped and murdered in the Kathua district of Jammu region in January this year. Police investigations revealed she was held captive inside a temple, sedated and repeatedly raped before her murder.