In the Kathua rape and murder case, the medical report of an accused, who had claimed to be a juvenile, stated that he is more than 20-year-old. The report was submitted before the district and sessions court here on Monday by the state police's crime branch.
District and Sessions Judge Tajwinder Singh had issued directions to the crime branch to conduct a bone ossification test to ascertain the age of the accused. He is one of the eight accused in the brutal rape-and-murder case of an eight-year-old nomadic girl in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir. The incident happened in the month of January.
In the first week of June, the defence counsel moved an application and requested to treat him as a minor. His matriculation certificate was cited.
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While seven of the accused are facing trial in the court here on the directions of the Supreme Court, the eighth accused in the case is facing trial in a juvenile court in Kathua district.
The defence counsel on Monday filed a separate application before the district and sessions court claiming that the accused had allegedly been subjected to torture on June 23 by the crime branch, a charge denied by the police officials who said it will be contested it in the court.
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The petition claimed that the crime branch had been persuading the accused to turn an approver in the case.
Cops, however, maintained that there was no move for making anyone approver in the case.
(With PTI inputs)