Kathua rape-murder case: Is Bar Council of India on the side of victim or accused, questions Tarigami

No justification to ask for CBI probe

Srinagar: CPI (M) leader and MLA Kulgam MY Tarigami on Friday questioned the Bar Council of India Committee’s clean chit to the lawyers who obstructed the filing of the challan in the Kathua rape and murder case. He also added that their is no justification to ask for a CBI probe into the matter.

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In a statement Tarigami said, “From the reports in the press, it is understood that when the matter with respect to the Kathua incident came up before the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India on Thursday, the Bar Counsel of India Committee, filed a report in the matter that the lawyers’ protests for a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation into the case was ‘justified’.”

The statement added, “The BCI panel has no authority to submit such a report. The Supreme Court has never directed them to file any such report as to their opinion on justifiability of a CBI investigation of the Kathua case. They were only directed to enquire and find out whether the local lawyers had obstructed the filing of the charge by the police/the trial proceedings,” Tarigami said in a statement.

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He also pointed out that CBI investigation is a demand made by the accused and the Hindu Ekta Munch.

“The accused have no right to demand such an investigation. They can’t choose the investigating authority. The attempt of the BCI is to give legitimacy to this illegal demand of the accused and the Hindu Ekta Munch and to influence the investigating officers/police, prosecution and thereby deny fair trial to the victim,” he said in the statement.

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