- Tag results for Kathua rape
The doctors who conducted the postmortem said the victim was subjected to sexual assault and cited asphyxia as the reason behind her death.
The top court was hearing a plea by Talib Hussain, a key witness in the Kathua gang rape-and-murder case, alleging custodial torture by the state police.
Supreme Court seeks Jammu and Kashmir government's reply on plea alleging custodial torture of Kathua case witness
The bench asked the state government to file the response in a week and asked the lawyers to serve a copy of the petition on the advocate general of the state.
The apex court has transferred the trial in the Kathua gang rape and murder case to Pathankot after taking note of the plea of the father of the victim apprehending threat to the family.
It is alleged in the charge sheet that Vishal, accused of raping the girl, had tried to create an alibi of his absence from the crime scene by allegedly "resorting to manipulation of records.
Earlier this month, the crime branch had informed the Supreme Court that they would be submitting a supplementary charge sheet in the case, and the apex court had given them eight weeks to file it.
The sub-inspector and the constable are accused of destroying the crucial evidence for money to save the culprits.
In an order issued yesterday, the state government appointed 31 advocates as additional advocates general, deputy advocates general and government advocates.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra directed the J and K Police to file a supplementary charge sheet in the case within eight weeks.
The allegation, for which Ankur Sharma had no substantial evidence to support, came a day after the complainant in the case finished recording his statement before the district and sessions court.
The crime branch had asked the medical experts to comment upon the plausible effect of the medicine on an eight-year-old girl with an empty stomach.
HEM general secretary Kant Kumar said the HEM rejected the investigation by the crime branch and it wanted to bring the real culprits to book.
However, the defence counsel objected to it and termed it as a "sensational application moved to hype the matter in media".
The superintendent has been summoned to help the court find a way-out to ensure meeting of the accused in the case and their relatives, after the defence lawyers moved an application.
His fate was yet to be decided after the crime branch of the Jammu and Kashmir Police contested his claim that he was a minor.