The advocate representing the Jammu and Kashmir Police had last month denied in the top court the allegations levelled in the petition and had said since the witness has been granted bail, the plea has become infructuous.
Subsequently, in a public statement, senior Supreme Court advocate Indira Jaising announced that she intended to stop appearing on behalf of the Hussain , a decision she had taken in “view of full support of the #MeToo movement”.
Hussain, who spearheaded the agitation against the rape-murder an eight-year-old girl in Kathua district, has allegedly been threatened to be “brutally” killed in custody before he reaches the court for his next hearing, which is scheduled on September 25.
The top court was hearing a plea by Talib Hussain, a key witness in the Kathua gang rape-and-murder case, alleging custodial torture by the state police in an alleged rape case lodged against him by his sister-in-law.
A habeas corpus writ petition alleges that Hussain has been kept in illegal detention and being subjected to custodial torture. Hussain's family alleged that he is being tortured in police custody in a fake rape case.
Talib Hussain, a social activist who led an agitation seeking justice for the family of an eight-year-old girl who was gangraped and murdered in Kathua district, was briefly admitted to a hospital in Samba with injuries on his head.
Massive protests were organised across India recently demanding justice for the victims of Kathua and Unnao rape cases. While chilling details of the chargesheet in the Kathua rape case shook the nation, people were angry with Uttar Pradesh's government's inaction against the accused BJP MLA in Unnao rape case. He was later arrested by the CBI after the case was transferred to it.