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Kathua gangrape: SC takes note of incident, issues notices to bar bodies

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The today directed members of the bar not to obstruct judicial proceedings in the gangrape and murder case in as it took note of lawyers obstructing the victim's from appearing in court.

A bench comprising and justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud sought responses from the of India, state bar council, and district bar association by April 19.

The apex court agreed to take suo motu cognisance of the case after several lawyers who had mentioned the matter before it came out with materials about the incident.

Earlier in the day, the top court had asked a to bring materials on record to take judicial note of a strike call given by and bar associations in relation to the gangrape and killing of the eight-year-old girl in Jammu region.

Shoeb Alam, appearing for Jammu and Kashmir, said that the police has filed the charge sheet before the yesterday.

Alam, who was called to the CJI court, opposed the CBI probe as demanded by some apex court lawyers and said that thorough investigations were being carried out by the state crime branch.

He said that it is already a settled law that investigation cannot be transferred to CBI after the charge sheet has been filed in the court.

"Police team was heckled by the lawyers and prevented from submitting the charge sheet before the in Kathua," Alam said.

He said that subsequently the police had to produce the accused in the case and submit the charge sheet at the residence of the

The minor victim had disappeared from near her home in a village near Kathua in on January 10.

Her body was found in the same area a week later.

The Crime Branch of police which probed the case filed a main charge sheet against seven persons and a separate charge sheet against a juvenile in a court in Kathua district earlier this week.

The charge sheet revealed chilling details about how the girl was allegedly kidnapped, drugged, raped inside a place of worship before being killed.

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First Published: Fri, April 13 2018. 16:05 IST