Jammu lawyers who blocked filing of Kathua gang-rape chargesheet rapped by SC
The Supreme Court today pulled up Jammu lawyers who obstructed the filing of chargesheet in the Kathua gangrape and murder case, calling their action as "wrong".
As the lawyers tried to convince the apex court by reasoning that they were protesting on a different issue and it was misrepresented by the media, a bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice DY Chandrachud said, "We are not concerned with anything, we are concerned with a fair trial. You created a situation, police had to file the chargesheet at the residence of the magistrate."
The bench observed, "You have a right to practice, not to strike and obstruct. Have you withdrawn the strike or not?" To this, the lawyers said they had called it off on April 12.
Rebuking the Jammu lawyers now in the dock, CJ Misra added, "Whatever may be the background [of the protest], the resultant action was wrong."
The Supreme Court then asked the Bar Council of India (BCI) and the Jammu and Kashmir High Court to file their responses. Meanwhile, the BCI has sent a team to Kathua to probe the matter.
The court has directed the matter for further hearing on April 26.