All BJP ministers asked to resign from Jammu & Kashmir cabinet

Doris Richards
April 18, 2018

Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra on Monday accepted the resignations of the two BJP ministers, who had participated in a rally in support of the people arrested in connection with the rape-and-murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua district.

"As far as we are concerned, we don't have any problem or objection to hand over the case to the CBI".

The case was handed over to the J&K Crime Branch on January 22. During investigation, the crime branch alleged she was drugged and repeatedly raped before being killed by crushing her head with stones.

The gangrape and murder of the eight-year-old girl, who belonged to nomadic Muslim community, took place in the Kathua district in January.

Appearing on behalf of the five accused persons Advocate Ankur Sharma told media persons outside the court, "7 out of 8 accused persons on Monday in one voice demanded Narco Analysis test to prove their innocence".

According to a report published in The Times of India, the father sought security for the victim's family and lawyers representing them.

Amid public outrage over Kathua and Unnao cases, Congress President Rahul Gandhi yesterday asked PM Narendra Modi to fast track cases of rapes of minors and punish the guilty if he was serious about providing justice to the country's daughters.

Jammu: The Centre has no objection to the handing over of the Kathua rape and murder case to the CBI, provided the state government comes out with a reference, Union Minister Jitendra Singh said on Tuesday.

"In pursuance of Rule 5 of the Jammu and Kashmir Government Business Rules, I, Mehbooba Mufti, Chief Minister, Jammu and Kashmir do hereby assign the charge of the Departments of Industries & Commerce and Forest, Ecology & Environment to Dr Nirmal Kumar Singh, Deputy Chief Minister in addition to the subjects already assigned to him", said an order issued here on Tuesday. He said there were more than 100 witnesses in the case who would not be able to travel outside the state for deposition.

The Minister for law, Abdul Haq Khan told English Daily Greater Kashmir that the Jammu and Kashmir Government was committed to a fair and speedy trial in the case.

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