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JHCBA welcomes SC intervention in Kathua rape and murder case

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Jammu, Apr 15 : Under criticism from various quarters over its ongoing 12-day long agitation pressing for demands including handing over the Kathua rape and murder case to the CBI, the Jammu High Court Bar Association (JHCBA) today welcomed the Supreme Court intervention into the matter and said it has full faith in the apex court.

The lawyers body also asserted its main demand was for the shifting of illegally settled Rohingyas and there were wrongful attempts to project it as “pro-rapist” or “anti-national”.

“We have full faith in the Supreme Court and we welcome its intervention in the case. It is now up to the court to decide whether it should be handed over to the CBI for further investigation or not,” senior advocate and JHCBA member Surinder Kour told reporters here.

Kour, who was flanked by several members of the women’s wing of the association and as well as its spokesperson Gagan Basotra, said “we are now satisfied that the case has reached the Supreme Court and we are satisfied that justice will be delivered to the minor girl.”

Basotra said the association had not yet received the Supreme Court notice.

“We have come to know about the notice sent to the association through media reports. We have not received the notice till date and once it is received, the general house of the Bar which is scheduled to meet on April 17 will discuss and deliberate on it,” he said.

Earlier, taking strong note of some lawyers obstructing the judicial process in the Kathua gangrape and murder case, the Supreme Court had initiated a case on its own record saying such impediment “affects the dispensation of justice and would amount to obstruction of access to justice”.

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