"Investigation of cases have to be completed within two months and trial to be completed in six months", said J&K Minister Rural Development Minister Abdul Hak Khan. The police have taken cognisance of a CD in which a witness is seen as saying that he had been coerced by the Crime Branch to give a statement against Vishal Sharma, one of those alleged to have raped the child, officials said. The convenience of the complainant can not be the sole consideration for transferring a criminal case out of the state.
"It is humbly stated that the applicants are necessary and proper parties as their rights and interest are bound to be affected by the outcome of the writ petition", they said.
The amendment was made in an emergency meeting of the cabinet after India has been rattled by a series of rapes and murders of children below the age of 12, the most gory and gutwrenching being that of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua, Jammu and Kashmir. The trial had already commenced and there is no apprehension on behalf of the complainant for any threat or coercion of prosecution witnesses.
In view of this, the judge advised the officers to present the charge sheet the next day. Charge sheet in respect of a juvenile accused was presented in the juvenile court on April 10, the affidavit said.
It said after the apex court had taken cognisance of the matter, members of the bar association have resumed their work after receiving a letter from the Jammu and Kashmir High Court and request from the Bar Council of India in this regard. It added that she was also not obstructed from appearing in court. Those guilty of raping a victim, aged between 13 and 16, will get lifer.
It has claimed that a "motivated and malicious campaign" by some media channels has created an "erroneous impression" about the motives of the "bandh" call in Jammu by projecting the legal fraternity and also the people supporting it as "pro-rapists, which is factually incorrect and misleading as such denied".