JAMMU, Apr 15: The women wing of J&K High Court Bar Association (JKHCBA) today said that the electronic media at National level has wrongly projected the on-going agitation of the Association only in support of the alleged accused in Rassana rape and murder case, which in fact was one of the issues for rendering justice to the victim family through a CBI probe. Click here to watch video
Addressing a press conference here at Press Club, senior Advocate and JKHCBA member, Surinder Kour, said that there were wrongful attempts to project the Bar Association as “pro-rapist” or “anti-national” and their agitation as an attempt to save the culprits involved in the heinous crime, though the agitation was mainly for deportation of Rohingyas and Bangladeshies from Jammu region, withdrawal of minutes of meeting/illegal directions of Tribal Affairs Department, and fair and independent CBI probe in Rassana murder case.
She also clarified that no office bearer of the J&K High Court Bar Association, Jammu, has ever restrained or stopped any lawyer to appear in any case including the case of Rassana rape and murder case.
Kour also clarified that the statement attributable to the Bar Association president, BS Slathia with regard to inciting of youth for raising Arms is factually incorrect, baseless and has been quoted out of context. “In fact Slathia had only warned the State Government not to create any situation by rehabilitating the Rohingyas and Bangladeshies in and around Jammu city which is creating grave threat to security as admitted by the State and Central Governments.
She further stated that Salathia had urged the Government to immediately address the issues being agitated by them and don’t allow the situation to reach at an alarming stage as that in Kashmir where the youth find them self trapped and exploited.
Kour also stated that the Rassana rape and murder case has been politicized by the political parties, both PDP and BJP for serving their own political ends and no-one is interested in rendering justice to the victim. She also highlighted the defects in the charge sheet of Rassan rape and murder case conducted by the Crime Branch investigation.
It was also pointed out by Kour that the case has been politicized which is evident by the fact that the Chief Minister who is the Minister Incharge of the Home Department has written to the Chief Justice of J&K High Court for conducting the trial within 90 days when the matter is yet admittedly to be further investigated by the Crime Branch and there are 221 witnesses cited in the said challan.
Amongst those who were present in the press conference include Radha Sharma, Deepali Arora, Anju Sharma, Prabhjot Kour, Surbhi Gupta, Jyoti Sharma, Deepali Kapoor, Shalni Sharma, Smiley Gupta, Seema Sharma, Meenakshi Slathia, Nishu Kanth, Deepa Sharma, Isha, Alisha Kohli, Gyatri Dogra, Bhomika and Sushma Sharma.