Kathua Case Verdict: What Were the Charges Against the Accused?
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  • 1. The Accused
  • 2. Because of J&K-Specific Laws, Juvenile Cannot be Tried as...
  • 3. Charge I – Conspiracy to Commit Offences to Drive Out...
  • 4. Charge II – Kidnapping of Victim (Section 363, Ranbir...
  • 5. Charge III – Wrongful Confinement and Gang Rape of Victim...
  • 6. Charge IV – Murder of Victim (Section 302, Ranbir Penal...
  • 7. Charge V - Tampering With Evidence and Giving False...
Kathua Case Verdict: What Were the Charges Against the Accused?

The Kathua rape and murder verdict was delivered by special court judge Tejwinder Singh on Monday, 10 June 2019. Six of the seven accused have been convicted of the charges against them, while one of them, Vishal Jangotra, was acquitted on the basis that he had an alibi. One more person was accused in the case, but was not on trial in this court as he was a juvenile at the time.

This article (originally published on 18 April 2018) sets out the details of the chargesheet filed by the police in the case that was the basis of the prosecution case. Read on for more details, including which exact charges were made against each person, what the evidence was against them, and a pre-trial assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the case.

  • 1. The Accused

    Kathua Case Verdict: What Were the Charges Against the Accused?
    Sanji Ram (left) and Deepak Khajuria (right), two of the key accused.
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    1. Sanji Ram – Former revenue officer, caretaker of the Devisthan, alleged chief conspirator
    2. The juvenile – Sanji Ram’s nephew; living with Sanji Ram after allegedly running into trouble at home, including being expelled from Modern Public School Sikdi Hiranagar because of “unruly behavior with girls” of the school
    3. Vishal Jangotra alias Shamma – Sanji Ram’s son, BSc Agriculture student at Akansha College Mirapur, UP
    4. SPO Deepak Khajuria – Special police officer, PS Hiranagar, alleged co-conspirator of Sanji Ram from the beginning
    5. SPO Surinder Kumar – Special police officer, PS Hiranagar
    6. Parvesh Kumar alias Mannu – Juvenile’s friend, informed by juvenile of conspiracy in advance of kidnapping
    7. Sub-Inspector Anand Dutta – Headed initial investigation into death of victim, alleged to have been aware of conspiracy and accepted bribes to cover up the crime
    8. Head Constable Tilak Raj – Part of investigating team and search party for victim, alleged to be go-between for transfer of bribes between Sanji Ram and SI Dutta to cover up the crime

    Also Read : Kathua Rape: The True Story Behind ‘Tainted’ J&K Cop Irfan Wani

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