SC rejects petition of Kathua rape and murder accused


New Delhi, Supreme Court on Friday rejected the petition filed by one of the accused seeking a CBI investigation in the alleged Kathua rape and murder case. "We are rejecting the petition. We don't find any merit," a division bench of the apex court, headed by Justice Uday Umesh Lalit and also comprising Justice DY Chandrachud, said in its order. The accused, Parvesh Kumar, through his lawyer, Ankur Sharma, told the Supreme Court division bench that the probe in the Kathua rape and murder case was improper and seemed to be unbiased. "The entire investigation is not impartial. The witnesses are allegedly being tutoured. We want a thorough CBI investigation into the case," Ankur Sharma submitted to the Supreme Court. The top court, however, did not find any merit in the petition and dismissed it. "There is no merit in the petition," the apex court said and refused to interfere with the petition filed by one of the accused, Parvesh Kumar in the case. On the direction of the top court, headed by former Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra, the trial is being conducted at Pathankot trial court. The state police's crime branch, which probed the case, had filed the main charge sheet against seven accused persons and a separate charge sheet against a juvenile.

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