Junaid Khan murder case trial: Rapped for helping lawyer of accused, Additional AG resigns

The judge had sought action against Kaushik for “professional misconduct”, saying in case he appears along with the defence counsel “it will send a wrong signal."

Written by Sofi Ahsan | Chandigarh | Updated: November 2, 2017 7:09 am
 Junaid Khan murder case trial, Junaid Khan lynching case, Naveen Kaushik, Additional AG resigns, Haryana AAG, India news, Indian Express Fifteen-year-old Junaid, his brother and two cousins were attacked on a Mathura-bound train in June by a mob which also hurled communal slurs at them (File Photo)

Haryana Additional Advocate General Naveen Kaushik resigned Wednesday from the government panel of lawyers after the judge in the Junaid Khan murder trial said he was seen assisting the counsel for the main accused in the case.

Advocate General Baldev Raj Mahajan told The Indian Express that Kaushik had submitted his resignation and it had been forwarded to the government for acceptance. Additional Chief Secretary (Home) S S Prasad too confirmed that Kaushik had sent in his resignation. Official sources said Kaushik had been asked to resign in view of the October 25 order of Faridabad Additional Sessions Judge Y S Rathore who noted that Kaushik was seen “suggesting questions to be put to the witnesses” at the trial last week.

As reported by The Indian Express Tuesday, the judge had sought action against Kaushik for “professional misconduct”, saying in case Kaushik appears along with the defence counsel “it will send a wrong signal and will also create a feeling of insecurity amongst the victim party and will adversely affect the aim of the court to conduct free and fair trial”.

Fifteen-year-old Junaid, his brother and two cousins were attacked on a Mathura-bound train in June by a mob which also hurled communal slurs at them. During the attack, Junaid was stabbed to death. The trial court framed charges recently against main accused Naresh Kumar, Rameshwar Dass and others.

 Junaid Khan murder case trial, Junaid Khan lynching case, Naveen Kaushik, Additional AG resigns, Haryana AAG, India news, Indian Express Haryana Additional Advocate General Naveen Kaushik

Mahajan said Kaushik, in his explanation, said he was on leave on October 25 and was in Faridabad because his father was admitted in a hospital there. “He has said that he was in the courtroom only in connection with legal provisions on language that he had to hand over to the counsel there,” Mahajan said

Kaushik was not available for comment on Wednesday evening. But last Sunday, he told The Indian Express it was just a coincidence that a lawyer friend, who was representing main accused Naresh Kumar, had called him and sought legal provisions for recording of evidence in Hindi during the trial.

Organising secretary of the Bharatiya Bhasha Abhiyan — it’s a lawyers’ group advocating use of Indian languages in court functioning — Kaushik had said he had gone to the courtroom only to hand over copies of the legal provisions to the counsel. “I have not appeared in the case and have no connection with it. It was a wrong impression,” Kaushik said of the court order which said he was assisting the defence counsel.

Junaid’s family has filed a plea in Punjab and Haryana High Court, seeking transfer of the case to an independent agency. They allege police have diluted charges against the accused. The case was listed for hearing Wednesday but could not be taken up.

Senior advocate R S Cheema, lawyer for the family, requested the High Court to list the case for immediate hearing in view of the ongoing trial in Faridabad. The plea will be taken up for hearing on Thursday. Cheema told The Indian Express that they are seeking a stay on all proceedings in the trial court till the High Court decides on their plea for transfer of investigation from Haryana Police.

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    Parth Garg
    Nov 2, 2017 at 12:31 pm
    Kaushik should be debarred from practice for professional misconduct of the worst order.
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        drharun
        Nov 2, 2017 at 11:47 am
        Thank God we have a Judge who has upheld the Majesty of law.This guy Naveen is a sham of his profession.He exemplifies undultered hate
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          Lotus
          Nov 2, 2017 at 7:45 am
          one future terrorist has been killed let free his murderer.free india from radial islamic terrorists pigs
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            Suhana
            Nov 2, 2017 at 9:42 am
            U rss bas tard what do u think about these Hindu terrorists killing and lynching Muslims everyday. Free India from Hindu terrorism
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              blackpower
              Nov 2, 2017 at 9:50 am
              which is why you rape/gangrape pregnant muslim women like you did in gujrat 2002? how many muslim babies have you killed?
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                Bhagva
                Nov 2, 2017 at 9:57 am
                What a fuc ing you are so do your lotus and its leaders. An innocent was killed and you label him terrorist pig, just because he followed a different religion. I can see your next target will be castes lower than your own meeting the same fate. You seriously need medical help (Wo Dimag ke daakter wali help)
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                  blackpower
                  Nov 2, 2017 at 11:21 am
                  there is no cure for saffron cancer. these saffron specimens such as Lotus are infected with the dread disease of saffron cancer symptoms - hatred, misogyny, psychopath, racism, bigotry, fascism, spreading falsehood...
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                  Aadis
                  Nov 2, 2017 at 11:56 am
                  Lotus Sanghi, Thanks for exposing your culture . This is what you learn from your scriptures and temples ?
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                  Murthy
                  Nov 2, 2017 at 6:01 am
                  Naveen Kaushik, as the Addl.Adv.General of the State, should have asked the Trial Judge, Sri Rathore's permission to help with the Hindi Translation, as the Hearing commenced. A Presiding Judge should be informed of EVERYTHING that is taking place in his / her Court during the Hearings. BUT, I find fault with the Judge Rathore also in this matter. When the Addl. Advocate General clarified to him that he had NOTHING to do with the case, meaning he has NOT handled the "Brief" in the case, the Judge should have merely warned Naveen Kaushik to take the trial in this "politically sensitive case", involving a Muslim Victim, more seriously than if it had been a Hindu Victim. Instead the Judge Sri Rathore escalated the matter with a formal complaint against Naveen Kaushik. Now, Rathore's own Conduct in the future will be watched very closely by many. Naveen Kaushik was NOT in a position to help the Prosecution. So, for RS Cheema to ask to transfer the case out of Haryana is also wrong.
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                    blackpower
                    Nov 2, 2017 at 10:48 am
                    murthy -you are the saffron apologist for the saffron Addl Advocate General Naveen Kaushik who is supposed to represent the state of haryana in his official capacity to defend the saffron patriot naresh kumar whose murderous feelings of patriotism and nationalism were aroused at the sight of a 15 yr old muslim boy. Thanks for confirming that Naresh Kaushik was represnting the state of haryana. After all, Naresh Kumar has a lot of saffron potential to become the future PM of inida
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                      Parth Garg
                      Nov 2, 2017 at 12:38 pm
                      Murthy, the Jackass defending a person charged of moral turpitude.
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