Kathua rape-murder case: Bar Council gives clean chit to lawyers who obstructed filing of Challan, supports CBI probe

The Bar Council of India (BCI) Committee has given a clean chit to the lawyers who are charged with blocking the filing of Challan in the Kathua rape and murder case. The BCI has supported the demand of a CBI probe into the case, reported the IANS.

According to an IANS report, the Bar Council of India (BCI) Committee filed in a sealed cover a report before the Supreme Court supported the demand of the High Court Bar Association at Jammu and Kathua District Court Bar Association for a CBI probe into the case.

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The BCI also said the bar associations had neither obstructed the Crime Branch from filing the charge-sheet in the case nor the advocate representing the victim’s family.

However, senior advocate P.V. Dinesh, who had brought to the notice of apex court the alleged obstruction by lawyers, objected to the BCI panel’s submissions, saying it was only tasked with the job of finding out whether the local lawyers had obstructed the trial proceedings and instead the panel seemed to have formed opinions on the investigation by the state Crime Branch.

But the apex court said its primary concern at this point is to provide fair trial in the case and did not want to divert its attention from this aspect.

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“Let the main issue be not missed. Fair investigation, fair trial, appropriate legal guidance and representation of both the accused and the victim’s family has to be there,” the bench said.

“Let us not get into what the Bar Council of India says… If we do, the victim goes away from our attention. Let us not digress from the real issue. The real issue is that how can we achieve justice,” it added.

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