Kathua rape-murder: Lawyers in PaK to observe strike on 21 April

  • Kathua rape-murder: Lawyers in PaK to observe strike on 21 April

Kathua rape-murder: Lawyers in PaK to observe strike on 21 April

As the lawyers tried to convince the apex court by reasoning that they were protesting on a different issue and it was misrepresented by the media, a bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice DY Chandrachud said, "We are not concerned with anything, we are concerned with a fair trial".

The CJI eventually permitted lawyers' associations to file detailed replies within three days to defend themselves of the accusation that they were obstructing trial in the case.

"Discipline of the bar has to be kept on a high pedestal". Not just this case.

Prime Minister Modi's remarks come in the backdrop of a nationwide outrage over the rape cases in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua and Uttar Pradesh's Unnao.

The Bar Council of India told the court that they have constituted a team, headed by a former high court judge, which will visit Kathua to assess the situation relating to lawyers' protest. "This should not happen in any case". Association lawyer Kaushal Bhushan said it had dropped the strike on April 12 and assured that it would not obstruct the lawyer from appearing in the court. "Whatever may be the background (of the protest), the resultant action was wrong", Justice Misra said.

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday directed several media houses to deposit Rs. 10 lakh each with the rape victims' compensation fund of Jammu and Kashmir as penalty for revealing the identity of a girl who was allegedly gang-raped and murdered in Kathua in the State.

The court posted the case to April 25.

He termed the Kathua rape and murder a crime against humanity and added the lawyers would stay away from courts proceedings to protest this heinous crime and to express solidarity with the aggrieved family of minor girl and other victims.