New Delhi: The Bar Council of India on Sunday formed a five-member team to probe the conduct of Jammu and Kashmir lawyers' body in the case of rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua.
This comes a couple of days after the Supreme Court issued notices to Bar Council of India (BCI), Jammu and Kashmir Bar Association, Jammu High Court Bar Association and Kathua Bar Association over their conduct in the matter.
Addressing the media after a special meeting, BCI chairman Manan Kumar Mishra said the team will visit Kathua and Jammu and will speak to people about the conduct of the local units of the Bar Association.
The committee will submit its report to the Supreme Court later this week.
"Committee will give the report to us and we have to present it to Supreme Court on 19 (April). We will request the SC to give us additional two days time. We have asked Jammu Bar Association to immediately withdraw their strike," Mishra said.
The Jammu Bar Association and the lawyers in Kathua have been opposing the action against the accused in the rape and murder case, alleging that the minority Dogras were being targeted.
The lawyers took to the streets earlier this month as part of their protests. The girl's body was found near her home in the forests next to Rasana village in Kathua district, a week after she disappeared from the same area on January 10.