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Kathua rape-murder: Judge rules out factual errors in translated version of chargesheet

The judge contended that the mistakes were not factual mistakes and were only typographical errors.

punjab Updated: Jun 15, 2018 13:22 IST
Vinay Dhingra
Vinay Dhingra
Hindustan Times, Pathankot
Kathua rape-murder,kathua,Jammu
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District and sessions judge Dr Tejwinder Singh, hearing the Kathua rape and murder case, on Thursday, overruled the claim of one of the defence counsel that mistakes had occurred during the conversion of the case from Urdu into English and Hindi.

The judge contended that the mistakes were not factual mistakes and were only typographical errors. He added that whatever mistakes were there in the charge sheet, after it was translated into English from Urdu, were bona fide errors.

Counsel of one of the accused, AK Sawhney, had on Wednesday contended that “the matter was extremely serious in nature.” The judge finally settled down the arguments by saying that there was nothing seriously amiss in the translated version.

Special public prosecutor SS Basra claimed that the crime branch of the J&K police, which had taken the help of one Daulat Khan, a languages expert, to translate the case in both the languages, had taken the consent of both the prosecution and defence lawyers after which the charge sheet was translated into English and was presented in the Pathankot court, where the case was transferred from Kathua on the direction of the Supreme Court.

Meanwhile, SSP (crime) Ramesh Kumar Jalla on Thursday filed an application withthe judge that one of the prosecution witnesses, head constable Sham Lal has received a call on his phone in which the caller allegedly threatened him of dire consequences, if he deposes in the court. The matter was taken into consideration by the court.

Meanwhile, on the request of one of the defence counsel seeking a meeting of the kin and the accused in jail, the judge ordered the Kathua jail superintendent Mushtaq to facilitate meetings between the accused and their relatives between 9 am to 9.30 am.

On a request to stay the proceedings till the age of an accused becomes clear, Basra contented that the trial could not be stopped because under the Juvenile Justice Reform Act (Section12/7-A), the court has the powers to decide whether an accused is a juvenile or not in a time period of 30 days. Basra contented that the defence submitted his application just a week ago and there were still three more weeks to go. “Hence, the proceedings cannot be stopped,” said Basra.

Friday will be the last day of hearing before the court goes for a 15-day vacation.

First Published: Jun 15, 2018 13:19 IST