New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday stayed the trial in the rape case of a minor in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua till May 7.
A Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices D Y Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra said it would deal with the request of the victim's father of shifting the trial to Chandigarh and the plea of the accused seeking handing over of the probe to the CBI.
On Thursday, Justice Dipak Misra had assured the Kathua rape and murder victim’s family that the trial will be shifted out of Jammu and Kashmir at the “slightest possibility” of lack of a fair trial.
The CJI, who is leading a three-judge Bench, made the remarks after a Bar Council of India (BCI) committee, led by former High Court Chief Justice Tarun Agarwala, filed a confidential report in the Supreme Court stating that lawyers’ protests demanding a CBI enquiry into the case is “justified.”
A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud also considered the plea of the accused, Sanji Ram and Vishal Jangotra, that they be impleaded as parties to the petition filed by the victim's father.
The Kathu rape case, where an 8-year-old was drugged and gangraped, had invoked huge protest across nation.