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J-K: Kathua rape accused counsel appointed additional advocate general

Meanwhile, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi has criticized the move, adding that PM Modi’s stand on Beti Bachao, triple talaq and women rights was all “lies”.

SNS | New Delhi |

The counsel representing the main accused in the Kathua rape and murder case, Aseem Sawhney, has been appointed the additional advocate general by the Jammu and Kashmir administration.

According to reports, Sawhney’s name appears in the list of additional advocates general, deputy advocates general and government advocates released for Jammu wing of the state high court by the Law Department.

Sawhney reportedly had said that he had not appeared in the case since July 2and that he was only a “chamber counsel” in the matter, and his father AK Sawhney was the main counsel.

An eight-year-old girl from a minority nomadic community had disappeared from near her home in a village near Kathua in Jammu region on January 10. Her body was found in the same area a week later.

Postmortem suggested she was raped before being killed, and the state government handed over the probe to the Crime Branch, which arrested eight people, including four policemen.

Meanwhile, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi has criticized the move, adding that PM Modi’s stand on Beti Bachao, triple talaq and women rights was all “lies”.

”When a lawyer representing Accused is appointed as Additional Advocate General this is bound to happen to get ready to hear that all accused of Kathua 8-year-old girl have been exonerated, it is shocking that Evidence is missing from a sealed envelope”, Owaisi tweeted from his Twitter account.