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Accused plead ‘not guilty’

The case was listed for the hearing after the crime branch submitted the charge-sheet on April 9 and 10 against the eight accused, including a juvenile, for raping and killing an eight-year-old girl in the Rassana village of Kathua.
YOGESH SAGOTRA
Jammu | Posted : Apr 17 2018 1:22AM | Updated: Apr 17 2018 12:04AM
Accused plead ‘not guilty’
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The eight accused in the Kathua rape and murder case pleaded not guilty in a court hearing and said they were ready to undergo narco test. 

“As the trial begins, the district and sessions judge asked the state crime branch to give copies of the charge sheet to all the accused and fixed April 28 as the next date of hearing,” informed Ankur Sharma, the counsellor for the accused.  A second court hearing, which began on Monday, will take place on April 28.

The case was listed for the hearing after the crime branch submitted the charge-sheet on April 9 and 10 against the eight accused, including a juvenile, for raping and killing an eight-year-old girl in the Rassana village of Kathua.

 “The juvenile also moved a bail application before a judicial magistrate which is yet to be heard,” he added.

Meanwhile, The Jammu High Court Bar Association (JHCBA) on Monday resumed work after staying away from courts for 12 days in support of their various demands including handing over the Kathua rape and murder case to CBI and the deportation of Rohingyas.

“The decision of resuming work was taken at a general house meeting of the Jammu Bar Association,” said Bupinder Singh Salathia, president of the Bar Association.

 “The call was taken after Bar Council of India (BCI) appealed us to resume work,” Salathia said and added, “We also welcome Supreme Court intervention in the case”.

The Bar Association had also sponsored a general strike in Jammu on April 11 but faced severe criticism from various quarters.

Slathia, however, said the bar would continue its agitation over only two issues deportation of Rohingyas and clarity on tribal affairs.