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Free-hand given to Lal Singh exposes BJP’s mindset: Bar Association

Kashmir High Court Bar Association Srinagar on Wednesday expressed its deep concern over the endorsement of BJP top brass in giving “free hand” to formed Minister Lal Singh for galvanizing support and intensifying campaign for a CBI probe in the kidnapping, gang rape and murder of an 8-year-old Nomad girl of Kathua.

In a statement issued here a spokesman of KHCBA said, “It’s shameful for those, who are ruling in Delhi and J&K and are supposed to uphold the rule of law but are covertly and overtly extending their support to the criminals, who are involved in the aforesaid kidnapping, gang rape and brutal murder of the minor girl.”

“At a time when the matter is pending in a court of law at Pathankote and the proceedings of the case are going to be held on day-to-day basis from Thursday the 31st of May, in pursuance of the judgment of the Supreme Court, giving free hand to Lal Singh and endorsing his demand of having a CBI probe in the matter and that too after the filing of a challan in the court of law, clearly exposes he mindset of the BJP leadership and its local cadre,” the spokesman said.

Meanwhile,  the HCBA spokesman paid rich tributes to Asiya and Nelofar, “who were also raped and murdered” in 2009 at Shopian and while describing the investigation conducted in the case by the CBI as unfair and unjust. Bar decided to support any move of the family in taking the matter to the International Court of Justice and to provide all kind of legal assistance in that regard to them.

The Bar Association also condemned the continued detention of Aasiya Andrabi, Nahida Nasreen and Fehmeeda Sofi, who were arrested at Anantnag on 20 April 2018 and despite having been granted bail by the Court at Anantnag and Srinagar, have not been released so far and have been booked in one or the other “fictitious” case to make their release impossible.

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