SC stays trial in Kathua rape and murder


New Delhi, April 27 : The Supreme Court on Friday stayed the trial in the rape and murder of a young girl in Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir as it asked the accused to respond to the plea for the transfer of trial to Chandigarh.

Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice D.Y. Chandrachud and Justice Indu Malhotra stayed the trial which was listed for Saturday in Kathua, saying it would hold a hearing on the plea for transfer of trial on May 7.


Earlier, the Jammu and Kashmir government had opposed the transfer of the trial saying that it had a different penal code and transfer of trial would pose inconvenience to the witnesses.

Meanwhile, the Centre on Friday told the top court that it would extend whatever assistance was required from it.

The Centre is a respondent in a related petition seeking transfer of investigation from the Jammu and Kashmir Police to the Central Bureau of Investigation, a plea opposed by the rape-cum-murder victim’s father.—IANS


  1. Chief Justice Dipak Misra with Modiji’s and Naidu’s backing is virtually ‘Superman” of Indian judiciary.

    He is there in every apex court dispute with another junior compliant judge—swiftly releasing all saffron-accused with impunity and no one can question or impeach him.

  2. This hodge-podge approach in deciding sensitive cases involving minorities once butchered by the command/ desire of the then CM of Gujarat, now the current PM of India simply raises more issues than bits of help building confidence in the independence of the judiciary in India under Modi and Co. Less said, better. Shame!


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