Lawyer of the Kathua rape case dropped by the victim's family

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The family of the victim of Kathua rape and murder case has removed lawyer Deepika Rajawat as their advocate on record, saying she seldom appeared for hearings in the case, officials informed Thursday.

On Wednesday the plea was moved by the family of the eight year old girl before the court of district and sessions judge in Pathankot, where the hearing of the case is taking place as directed by the Apex Court.

Officials said that the court has issued notice to the lawyer and has asked her to respond to the plea moved by her clients by 20 November. 

Victim's father, who was  identified and produced before the judge by advocate Mubeen Farooky, informed the court that he was withdrawing the agreement given in favor of Rajawat as she seldom appeared during the daily hearings which have been going on for the last five months.

The state of Jammu and Kashmir is representing the victim. The case is being argued by two lawyers from the state and Pathankot District Attorney Jagdishwar Kumar Chopra.

The eight year old girl who was from a nomadic tribe, was allegedly kidnapped on January 10 and her dead body was found on January 17. It is alleged that she was gang-raped and later murdered. 

The crime branch of Jammu and Kashmir has arrested eight people, including a juvenile in the case. 

A charge sheet has been filed against main accused Sanji Ram and his juvenile nephew, his son Vishal, special police officers Deepak Khajuria and Surender Verma and friend Parvesh Kumar alias Mannu. It also names head constable Tilak Raj and sub-inspector Anand Dutta -- who allegedly took Rs 4 lakh from Sanji Ram and destroyed crucial evidence. 

On 8 June the The district and sessions court in Pathankot framed charges of rape and murder against seven accused (except the juvenile).

With Inputs from Agency

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