Jammu Tawi, April 16
A bunch of lawyers appeared before the Supreme Court with a hurriedly written writ petition seeking trial of ‘rape-murder of a minor Rassana village girl in Kathua District’. The case was filed in the name of poor father of the deceased girl by some lawyers to refer the trial to an appropriate court in Chandigarh. The accused persons in the case were also produced before the trial court in Kathua, according to the information received in New Delhi.
Prof.Bhim Singh, Executive Chairman of the State Legal Aid Committee, J&K, a Sr. Advocate submitted a ‘submission’ before the Supreme Court headed by the Chief Justice of India. In support of his submission, Prof.Bhim Singh strongly argued urging the Supreme Court to ensure investigation into the case by an independent agency. Which may be, Central Bureau of Investigation or any other agency which the Govt. of India shall find suitable under the circumstances. Prof.Bhim Singh urged the Supreme Court to ask the state government in J&K why they are opposed to a fresh investigation and why the case should not be referred to any appropriate court in any part of India after appropriate and reasonable investigation.
Prof.Bhim Singh said that initial inquiry into the case was conducted and those who conducted the inquiry including a Sub-Inspector, a Head Constable and two police constables have been suspended. That needs investigation by an independent agency. There is a talk of town everywhere in Jammu region that the police investigation agency did not act in response to the senior police officers. The case was referred to a police officer from another district (Samba).
Prof.Bhim Singh made a strong appeal to the Supreme Court to allow all the interested persons who know the background of the case. Prof.Bhim Singh also submitted a document (attached with this statement as submission), which has raised very important and serious issues concerning the attitude of the State Govt. Prof.Bhim Singh said that this issue is no more a state issue as it has crossed the limits of the United Nations. Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guperres and the issue deserves independent inquiry after scientific investigation and punishment to the culprits. The Chief Justice in his order fixed on 27th April, 2018 for hearing directing the petitioners to file appropriate reply.