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3 accused in Kathua gangrape, murder case allege custodial torture, move SC
From the Web Desk, 14/05/2018, New Delhi

In a latest development in the Kathua gangrape and murder case, three of the accused have moved the Supreme Court alleging custodial torture by the police.

They have also demanded that their interrogation be video recorded. The matter will now be heard on May 16, Wednesday.

This comes a week after the apex court rejected two of the accused plea to transfer the case to the CBI and also ordered that the trial be shifted to Punjab's Pathankot from Jammu.

The decision to transfer the trial from Kathua came after a plea from the Kathua victim's father.

In addition, the court ordered an in-camera trial to ensure that witnesses feel protected and the accused feel safe. The top court also said it would monitor the case and its trial from time to time and posted the matter for next hearing on July 9.

The Supreme Court while transferring the trial of the brutal rape and murder of an eight-year-old from Kathua reasoned that "fear and fair trial can't exist together".

On the other hand, according to a PTI report, the man who provided his land for the burial of the victim is claiming to have being threatened by a leader of a right-wing organisation.

Mohammad Rafiq has filed a police complaint alleging that the leader from a right-wing organisation has threatened and abused him to drive him out of the area.

However, the police said they found discrepancies in Rafiq's complaint and were conducting a preliminary investigation into the matter before reaching any conclusion.

 

 

 
 
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