Kathua outrage has united nation: Mehbooba Mufti

Chief Minister thanks Prime Minister Narendra Modi for defusing the situation.

April 15, 2018 06:12 pm | Updated April 16, 2018 01:42 pm IST - Srinagar

A protester displays a placard during a demonstration against the Kathua and Unnao rape cases near Parliament on April 15, 2018.

A protester displays a placard during a demonstration against the Kathua and Unnao rape cases near Parliament on April 15, 2018.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday accepted the resignations of the two BJP Ministers who participated in a rally in support of those arrested in connection with the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua.

The acceptance of the resignations came amid public protests in major metropolitan cities, including Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru, demanding justice for the rape victims in Kathua and Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao.

The resignations of Ministers Choudhary Lal Singh and Chandar Prakash Ganga, sent through BJP State chief Sat Sharma, were immediately accepted by the Chief Minister and forwarded to Governor N.N. Vohra for completing procedural formalities. BJP general secretary Ram Madhav on Saturday said the resignations would be forwarded for further action.

Mr. Singh and Mr. Ganga had addressed the rally of the Hindu Ekta Manch, a group demanding the transfer of the case to the CBI, on March 4 and defended those arrested by the police.

A much-relieved Chief Minister thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for defusing the situation. She said the unfortunate incident had brought the people of the State and the rest of the country “together.”

Call off strike: BCI

In a related development on Sunday, the Bar Council of India (BCI) asked the bar associations of Kathua and Jammu to call off their strike and constituted a five-member committee headed by former High Court Chief Justice Tarun Agarwal and comprising BCI co-chairmen S. Prabakaran and Rameshchandra G. Shah; former Bar Council chief of Uttarakhand Razia Beig; and Patna High Court advocate Naresh Dixit to inquire into the alleged misconduct by lawyers there in connection with the Kathua case.

The BCI termed the matter “very sensitive and serious.”

The decision was taken at the BCI’s general body meeting held in the backdrop of the Supreme Court’s suo motu cognisance of the issue and subsequent issuance of notices to the bar associations and the State government, seeking responses by April 19.

On April 13, the Supreme Court took cognisance of the alleged efforts made by local lawyers to obstruct the filing of a charge sheet in the case with the intention of derailing the police investigation.

The committee will visit Jammu, Kathua and other places on April 20 to verify the allegations on obstruction of justice. It will interact with members and office-bearers of the bar associations concerned and also with the eight-year-old victim’s relatives.

The BCI has requested the committee to submit a report at the earliest.

“The office was directed to make a request to the Advocate on Record (AOR) in the Supreme Court to pray for a short adjournment, so that the report of the committee could be placed before it,” said a BCI statement.

(With inputs from PTI )

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