Supreme Court dismisses petition seeking CBI probe into Kathua rape and murder case

The Supreme Court on October 5 dismissed a petition filed by one of the accused in the alleged Kathua rape and murder case, seeking a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) investigation.

Lawyer Ankur Sharma and Chandan Sharma, appearing for one of the accused Parvesh Kumar, submitted to the SC division bench that the Kathua rape case was not being probed in an impartial manner fully and, therefore, they sought CBI probe into the same.

Ankur Sharma submitted in the court, “The entire investigation is not impartial. The witnesses are allegedly being tutored. We want a thorough CBI investigation into the case.”

During the argument, various annexures were submitted by Ankur Sharma pointing out infirmities in the charge sheet filed by the crime branch in the case.

Charge sheet has been filed against seven accused persons and a separate charge sheet against a juvenile in the case.

The two-judge SC bench, comprising of Judge Uday Umesh Lalit and Justice D. Y. Chandrachud, dismissed the petition.

The apex court said, “There is no merit in the petition.”

The incident took place between January 10 to 17, 2018, when the victim was allegedly being raped and murdered.