Bar Council of India’s visit to Kathua raises serious questions


Jammu, A five-member fact-finding committee of the BCI will visit Kathua and submit a “factual report” on the case of the rape of a minor girl after seeking time from the Supreme Court on April 19, BCI President Manan Mishra has said.
He said they will visit the state and reach out to office-bearers of the Bar Associations of Jammu and Kathua and also “meet the affected families and the common people to figure out what actually transpired.”
And here’s why the BCI role raises questions:
The BCI said it would meet “affected families” whereas there’s only one affected family, which is of Asifa and they have already left Kathua. So which family does BCI intend to meet there? Mastermind Sanji Ram’s or rapist cop Deepak Khajuria’s?
The Bar Council said it will also “meet common people to figure out what actually transpired.” When the Crime Branch has submitted chargesheet, is Bar Council of India not convinced with the facts therein that it wants to separately “figure out what actually transpired”?
The honorable JK High Court has already issued directives against any comments with regard to the case. What locus-standi does Bar Council of India have on the case?
Will Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti remain silent as it remained over provocative and pro-rapist stand of Jammu Bar president BS Slathia, who otherwise deserved to be booked under PSA but enjoys freedom to even hold candle light vigil.
Let the BCI make its position clear before the visit because its statement raises many questions.