SC to transfer trial of criminal cases back to J&K
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Last Updated: Tuesday, April 05, 2011, 21:29
New Delhi: Two years after it transferred the trial of certain criminal cases out of Jammu and Kashmir on security reasons, the Supreme Court on Tuesday indicated that they would be sent back to the state in view of return of normalcy in there.

The apex court also took into consideration the failure to complete the trial of the cases within a year as per its direction passed in 2008 when 25 criminal cases were transferred to various courts in Punjab, Rajasthan, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh.

A bench of justices Aftab Alam and R M Lodha asked the Advocate General of Jammu and Kashmir to be personally present in the court to take a decision on transfer of cases back to the state.

"I do not have the slightest of doubt on why these trial cannot be held in Jammu or Udampur. The situation is normal and there is no impediment in holding fair trial there," the bench said.

"Why they were put in different jails across the country when the offence was committed in J&K"? the bench said.

The court was hearing a petition filed by J&K Panthers Party president Bhim Singh seeking a direction to the governemnt to complete the trial in a time-bound manner as the accused are languishing in jail for a long time.


First Published: Tuesday, April 05, 2011, 21:29

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