Supreme Court stays Kathua rape trial till May 7

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NEW DELHI: Within an hour of becoming only the seventh woman judge of Supreme Court on Friday, Justice Indu Malhotra witnessed an acrimonious display of lung power by three women lawyers in a case seeking a CBI probe into the Kathua rape and murder case and transfer of trial outside the J&K town.

The bench that also included CJI Dipak Misra and Justice D Y Chandrachud stayed trial in the case till May 7 on the grounds that it was hearing a plea for its transfer from Kathua to Chandigarh. However, loud arguments from Indira Jaising, who appeared for the rape victim’s father, reverberated through the jam-packed courtroom, her booming voice amplified manifold by the microphone she used as she sought the trial to be stayed until the plea seeking its transfer outside was decided.

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