Kathua rape case: Mufti writes to J&K HC for fast track hearings

Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday wrote to the chief justice of the Jammu and Kashmir high court requesting to set up a special fast track court to try the gang rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua. This was informed by the officials of the home department on the condition of anonymity.

The fast track court would finish the trial in 90 days and would be the first such court in J&K, the officials said.

In the latest development in connection with the protests defending the accused, the state government on Saturday decided to terminate the accused policemen from service.

Sources informed, as per the charge sheet, special police officers (SPO) Deepak Khajuria and Surender Verma, head constable Tilak Raj and sub-inspector Anand Dutta were involved in the terrible crime.

Mehbooba Mufti also took to Twitter to praise the State people for outrightly rejecting “communal forces” and for extending support to the eight-year-old. In an earlier tweet, Mufti had said it was moving to see the Supreme Court pull up the Jammu bar association for obstructing justice in the case.

On Friday the Supreme Court took a serious note of lawyers of the Jammu bar association obstructing the judicial process in the case and initiated a case on its own accord saying such impeding of the process of law “affects the delivery of justice”.