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Kathua gangrape: Only lawyers for accused, prosecutors to be present during trial

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Only the lawyers representing the accused in the brutal rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl will be allowed inside the district and session court at Pathankot, the said today.

The direction came after the of informed a bench headed by that as many as seven lawyers each were accompanying the accused inside the court room.

Shekhar Naphade and standing Shoeb Alam, who submitted a status report to the court in a sealed cover, also alleged that the presence of so many lawyers on behalf of the accused was detrimental to fair trial as witnesses who were appearing before the

They said, at a given time, there were nearly 50 lawyers present in the court room to defend the accused in the case.

"We request the court to allow recording of statement and cross-examination of accused through video-conferencing. Otherwise the motive of in-camera trial gets defeated," Naphade said.

The apex court directed the to observe "full court" in-camera trial during the hearing, in which only one representing the accused, and public prosecutors and the court staff will be present in the court room.

The bench, however, said there was no need for recording the statements and cross-examination of the accused through

There are eight accused in the case, including one Sanji Ram, who is alleged to be the main culprit who had ordered kidnapping and murder of the girl belonging to the nomadic community.

The others are his son Vishal, his juvenile nephew, two special police officers including alias 'Deepu', Parvesh Kumar alias 'Mannu' and two police officers who had allegedly destroyed the evidence in the case.

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First Published: Mon, July 09 2018. 18:35 IST