With the slightest hint of lack of fair trial, the Kathua gang rape case will be moved out of the Jammu and Kashmir.
This was the assurance from the Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra to the victim’s family on Thursday.
It need be mentioned that the CJI Dipak Misra was leading a three-judge Bench and made the remarks after a Bar Council of India (BCI) committee submitted its confidential report.
The BCI team led by former High Court Chief Justice Tarun Agarwala filed the report to the apex court and it is widely believed that they have found the lawyers’ protests demanding a CBI enquiry into the case as “justified.”
The report was met with scathing criticism by a group of Supreme Court lawyers led by advocate P.V. Dinesh.
Advocate Dinesh said that the BCI panel exceeded their brief.
They were only tasked with the job of finding out whether the local lawyers obstructed the trial proceedings, he added.
But the CJI said the primary concern of the Supreme Court at this point was to provide fair trial in the case.
Senior advocate Indira Jaising, for the victim’s father, urged the court to monitor the trial.
Chief Justice Misra said the court could examine the prospect of fast-tracking the trial and “oversee its progress.”>