While transferring the case from Kathua to Pathankot, about 30 km away, the apex court directed day-to-day in-camera trial in the case.
While one of the eight accused in the case has already been declared a juvenile by a Kathua court, a second accused, facing trial before the Pathankot court, moved an application last week for treating him as a minor citing his matriculation certificate.
The SSP had been summoned by the trial court Friday after none of the 17 summoned witnesses were produced before the court.
According to the charge sheet, the victim was held in captivity at a small village temple in Kathua district where she was kept sedated and sexually assaulted before she was bludgeoned to death.
THE PATHANKOT District and Sessions Court on Friday directed SSP, Crime Branch, Jammu, Ramesh Kumar Jalla to appear in the court on Monday after none of the summoned witnesses in the Kathua gangrape and murder case were produced before the trial court.
Kathua rape case: The court is learnt to have issued summons to 17 witnesses for examination during the first day of the trial on Friday. Around 221 witnesses will be examined.
“Every religion has got its share of degeneration. I have only reacted against that element of degeneration in the Hindu religion. The Kathua incident was just a highlight,” Ramanunni said.
The trial in the Pathankot court began on May 31 after the Supreme Court shifted the hearing outside Jammu and Kashmir. The case was transferred following a plea by the victim’s family.
Kathua case: The Pathankot sessions court will frame charges against the seven accused in Kathua rape and murder case on Thursday. The defence counsels concluded their arguments on charges during the seventh hearing of the case on Wednesday.
The prosecution is learnt to have told the court that they suspect Ram Prasad to be part of a conspiracy in the case but he had not been made accused yet as the investigation on his role in the case was still on.
Sources said the jail authorities in a written submission told the Pathankot District and Sessions Court that the district jail is only a sub-jail and it is not feasible to keep the accused in the Kathua rape-murder case there.
The translated documents, including the chargesheet and witness statements, were also provided to the defence counsels on Monday. The defence side will begin its arguments on the charges from Tuesday.
Equipped with this application and also a report of a board of doctors of the Government Medical College, Jammu, the Crime Branch has now approached the state High Court requesting it to set aside a trial court decision to treat the accused as juvenile.
Kathua rape-murder case: The defence counsels on Friday filed their objections to the prosecution application seeking directions to keep the accused in Pathankot District Jail during the trial.
During the in-camera trial, which began around 10.45 am and continued till 3 pm, the prosecution moved an application seeking directions to keep the accused in Pathankot District Jail during the pendency of the trial.