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Supreme Court on a serious note took cognizance regarding the matter of lawyers obstructing judicial process in the Kathua gangrape and murder case and initiated a case on its own. The Apex court is of opinion that it is the duty of the lawyers not to obstruct the judicial process, or prevent the advocate from representing the accused or the victims’ family in the court.
The Supreme Court took suo moto cognizance of the matter after a number of lawyers pointed out that the advocates at Kathua district obstructed police from filing of charge sheet in the court. A group of lawyers also claimed that the advocate who is representing the victim’s family is also given threats and obstructed from appearing in the court. The Supreme Court also took the note that the Jammu High Court Bar Association passed the resolution to protest and not to attend the court, and commented on that it is solemn duty of the bar to not create any obstruction.
Standing Counsel for Jammu and Kashmir, Shoeb Alam informed that the court the police have registered a FIR against some lawyers for attempting to prevent the police to file the charge sheet against the eight accused in the case. The incident is referred as an unfortunate decision taken by the local bar who supported the alleged in raping and murdering an eight year old.
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