New Delhi, July 10, 2018 (PPI-OT): Indian Supreme Court has ordered the shifting of seven culprits involved in gang rape and murder of a Kathua minor girl from Kathua district jail in Jammu and Kashmir to a prison in Punjab’s Gurdaspur town. The Indian top court rejected the objections raised by the Government of India and the lawyers representing the culprits over the shifting and said their transfer was being done due to “exceptional circumstances”.
A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice D Y Chandrachud and Justices Indu Malhotra also accepted a status report in the case filed by the authorities in occupied Kashmir.
The apex court, which passed a series of directions, asked the authorities in occupied Kashmir to file a supplementary chargesheet in the case within eight weeks. It directed the authorities in Punjab and occupied Kashmir to provide adequate security to the trial court judge and public prosecutors in the case respectively.
The court modified its earlier direction that no other court would entertain any petition regarding the case. It also granted liberty to the culprits and the kin of the victim to approach Punjab and Haryana High Court if they were aggrieved by any trial court order.
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