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Kathua rape and murder case: SC to hear plea seeking transfer of case to Chandigarh

The Supreme Court of India will hear a plea seeking the transfer of the Kathua rape and murder case to Chandigarh on Monday. Th plea has been moved by the victim’s father Mohammad Yousuf.

He has also asked the court to provide security to his family.

Meanwhile, the trail in the Kathua gangrape and murder case will begin today.

In the view of the Hindu-Muslim polarisation over the case, the Jammu and Kashmir government has appointed two special public prosecutors, both Sikhs, to ensure “neutrality” in the sensitive case. The trial is expected to go smoothly after the Supreme Court on April 13 took strong note of the attempt by a group of lawyers in Kathua obstructing the judicial process in the case and sought explanations from the Bar Council of India, Jammu and Kashmir Bar Council, Jammu High Court Bar Association and Kathua District Bar Association.


On Sunday the chief minister Mehbooba Mufti accepted the resignation of two cabinet ministers Chander Prakash Ganga and Chowdhary Lal Singh, who had rallied in support of the accused in the case.

Earlier, the BJP had said that both the ministers were ‘misled and misguided by a few people.’

The main opposition party National Conference had said that they will consider a civil disobedience movement against the government if they fail to take action against the ‘erring ministers’.

Former chief minister Omar Abdullah also told CM Mehbooba Mufti to sack the two ministers the way she sacked former Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu.

Ganga, the Industries Minister, earlier had said that he was satisfied with the investigation of the Crime Branch and the culprits involved in the rape and murder case of the minor girl should be hanged.

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