Kathua rape case: Supreme Court dismisses plea by accused seeking CBI probe

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court today dismissed  a plea by an accused in the Kathua gang rape case  seeking fresh investigation in the matter. A bench of Justices UU Lalit and DY Chandrachud also dismissed a separate plea filed by two other accused in the case seeking transfer of investigation in the matter to an independent agency.

The victim, an eight-year-old girl from a minority Muslim nomadic community, had disappeared from near her home in a village near Kathua in the Jammu region on 10 January this year. Her body was found in the same area a week later.

The bench, while rejecting both the pleas, said the accused could raise the issue before the lower court in the ongoing trial. It was also reported that the accused in their confession had revealed that the crime was committed to scare the nomadic community away from the area.

The state police’s Crime Branch, which probed the case, filed the main charge sheet against seven persons and a separate charge sheet against a juvenile in a court in Kathua district last week, revealing chilling details about how the minor girl was allegedly kidnapped, drugged and raped inside a place of worship before being killed.

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