Kathua Rape Case: Verdict delivered was bad & prejudice, says defence lawyer

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Pathankot:Defence lawyer, Ankur Sharma, who was defending those accused of rape and murder of an 8-year-old girl in Kathua district, said that the judgment delivered by the court was “bad and prejudiced”.

“Now we will challenge it in a higher court in the next 20 days. We are evaluating the judgment as of now,” Sharma told Kashmir Reader, adding, “It is not the criminal justice system but media trial that influenced the case. I am baffled to understand how one (accused) was acquitted while others were convicted.”

According to Sharma’s theory, the “Muslim chief minister” Mehbooba Mufti influenced the case since the beginning. He said she was able to use her influence because she was heading the home department, under which the police’s crime branch was investigating the case. “So the police had to listen to her. The charge sheet and the challan which were produced in court bore her impression,” Sharma said.

Asked whether the judge could not evaluate the evidence objectively, Sharma said that he was questioning the judgment, not the judge. “Institutions are supreme, and have nothing to do with the person,” he said. He asked this correspondent to Google the word “prejudice” when quizzed about how a judgment given by a judge is separate from the individual.

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