District and sessions judge Tejwinder Singh relied on the statement of the landlady of Vishal that he was in Meerut in Uttar Pradesh where he was studying in a college.
The defence and the prosecution in the Kathua rape and murder case are going to file appeals in the Punjab and Haryana High Court challenging the Pathankot court verdict.
Social activist and lawyer Talib Hussain, a key witness in the Kathua gang rape and murder case, has suffered head injuries after he was allegedly assaulted inside J-K police lockup.
However, the defence counsel objected to it and termed it as a "sensational application moved to hype the matter in media".
The petition today alleged that the state police was now asking them to re-appear and re-record their statements and exerting pressure in their families.
The counsel for the accused had moved the court for his bail soon after the crime branch had filed its charge sheet against him and seven others allegedly involved in the rape and murder case.
Sanji Ram and Vishal Jangotra, who were chargesheeted by the crime branch of Jammu and Kashmir Police in the case, claimed that the police had miserably failed to conduct a "fair and effective" probe
National Conference leader Omar Abdullah slams J-K Deputy CM Kavinder Gupta over comments on Kathua case
"What justice can one expect from @MehboobaMufti when her Deputy CM calls the rape & murder of an 8-year-old 'a minor incident that the media shouldn't focus on'(sic)," Omar wrote on Twitter.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said that if it will find the slightest possibility of lack of fair trial, it will transfer the case out of Kathua.
The Crime Branch on Saturday said reports in a section of media regarding the Kathua rape-murder case were false and that medical experts had confirmed the rape and murder.
Expressing concern over the brutal rape and murder of an an eight-year-old girl in Kathua, Javed Akhtar said he is afraid that "bad things" have started to happen too frequently.
The counsel for the Jammu High Court Bar Association submitted that there was no support from the Association to the lawyers’ protest in the Kathua case.
The Bar Council of India told a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra that they have constituted a team, headed by a former high court judge, which will visit Kathua.
President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday termed the brutal rape and murder of minor nomad girl in Kathua as ‘shameful’.
Kathua rape and murder case: Defence lawyer Ankur Sharma says SIT officer following agenda set by male colleagues
The lawyer representing five of the eight accused in Kathua case alleged SIT officer Shwetambri Sharma was following the agenda set by four of her male officers in the ‘motivated probe’.