Kathua rape case: J&K crime branch presses perjury charges against witness

The Hindu

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The Jammu and Kashmir crime branch has initiated the process of pressing perjury charges against a witness in the case of rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl after he had retracted from a "confessional statement" recorded in front of a magistrate, officials said on November 8. A show cause notice has been served to Ajay Kumar alias Ajju by the sessions judge of Pathankot, Tejwinder Singh, asking him to explain on November 12 "why an action under section 479-B of Jammu and Kashmir Criminal Procedure Code may not be initiated against him". This section provides summary procedure for trial of witnesses deposing contrary to statements recorded under Section 164-A (evidence of material witnesses to be recorded by Magistrate in certain cases). Mr. Kumar on February 27 recorded his statement before a judicial magistrate in Jammu in which he had claimed that Parvesh Kumar alias Mannu had given a graphical description about the rape and subsequent murder of the girl belonging to a nomadic minority community.