KATHUA CASE: Cannot reveal names of witnesses for security reasons: Prosecution tells court

ARVIND SHARMA
Jammu, Publish Date: Jul 19 2018 12:56AM | Updated Date: Jul 19 2018 12:56AM
KATHUA CASE: Cannot reveal names of witnesses for security reasons: Prosecution tells courtFile Photo

The prosecution counsel today raised strong objection to defence lawyers’ demand ‘to reveal’ the names of the witnesses in the brutal rape and murder case of an 8-year old nomadic girl of Rasana (Kathua) citing security concerns, well placed sources informed.

“The counsel representing the Crime Branch (CB) stated before the Pathankot district and session court that the names of the witnesses cannot be revealed due to security concerns,” sources informed Greater Kashmir. 

The defence lawyers had moved an application on July 16 in the court where the hearing of the case is going on in-camera on day to day basis, praying they be supplied in advance the names of the witnesses to be produced for recording statement and cross-examination.

There are a total of 221 witnesses in the case.

“The prosecution, however, strongly opposed the prayer of the defence, maintaining that witnesses have a security threat and as such their names cannot be revealed,” sources informed. 

“The court has fixed July 24 for hearing the matter,” sources said.

While talking to media persons outside the court after today’s proceedings, defence lawyer AK Sawhney confirmed that prosecution opposed the prayer of the defence.

Sawhney, meanwhile, said they will file a writ petition in Jammu and Kashmir High Court challenging dismissal of one of the accused, Tilak Raj, from services.

“The Pathankot district and sessions court today granted permission to the defence to file the writ petition in J&K High Court, which we will file tomorrow,” Sawhney said.

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