Question Kathua witnesses in front of kin: SC to cops

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NEW DELHI: In a relief to witnesses in the Kathua gang rape-murder case, who have accused Jammu and Kashmir police of torturing them, the Supreme Court on Thursday directed police to interrogate them only in the presence of their family members.
A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said relatives of the witnesses will be allowed to be present at a “reasonably visible distance” from the interrogation. The court said witnesses are young students and there is nothing wrong in allowing family members to be around. “We have protected the rights of victim’s family members by transferring the trial of the case outside the state and the interests of witnesses should also be protected. They are young boys,” the bench said after the state government stiffly opposed family members being present at the time of interrogation.

Senior advocate P S Patwalia and J&K’s standing counsel M Shoeb Alam contended that the witnesses had not made any…

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