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Kathua rape and murder: Bar Council of India team did not approach us: J&K DGP

Jammu and Kashmir DGP S.P. Vaid. File  

The Jammu and Kashmir police said on Thursday that the Supreme Court-designated team of the Bar Council of India (BCI), headed by former BCI chief Tarun Agarwal, “did not meet officials of the Crime Branch or the J&K police” while probing the misconduct of lawyers in the Kathua rape-and-murder of a minor Bakerwal girl in Jammu. “The five-member team did not approach the police or seek any appointment...,” Director-General of Police S.P. Vaid told The Hindu.

The BCI team’s decision not to meet any official organ comes despite the fact that an FIR (No. 131/2018) was filed under Sections 341 (wrongful restraint), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) and 147 (rioting) of the IPC after the alleged “intense protests by the lawyers” on April 9, when a Crime Branch team tried to produce the challan against seven accused in Hiranagar.

The apex court on April 19 directed the BCI to submit a report within three days on the conduct of lawyers in J&K.

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