Witnesses in Kathua rape case say their statements were taken by ‘coercion’, SC to hear plea on May 16

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Three witnesses have alleged torture by JK police while recording their statements.

The Supreme Court will hear the pleas of three witnesses in the Kathua murder case who alleged that they are being harassed by the state police, on Wednesday, reported PTI on Monday.

A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud today agreed to hear on Wednesday the plea of Sahil Sharma and two others, who are college friends of the juvenile accused in the case.

According to their plea, they had already recorded their statements before the police and the magistrate.

The three witnesses had in their statement before the magistrate said they gave their statement to the police under coercion.

The petition today alleged that the state police was now asking them to re-appear and re-record their statements and exerting pressure on their families.

The Supreme Court had on May 7 transferred the trial in the sensational Kathua gang-rape and murder case of an eight-year-old girl from Jammu and Kashmir to Pathankot in Punjab, but refrained from handing over the investigation to CBI saying there was no need as the investigation has been conducted and the chargesheet filed.



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