NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday did not favour handing over the investigation into the rape-and-murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua from the crime branch of Jammu and Kashmir Police to the CBI as her father expressed satisfaction over the investigation carried out so far. “In the absence of any allegation, why should we enter into this as to who should investigate,” a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Mishra said.The father expressed satisfaction with the probe conducted so far by the state police, while vehemently opposing the plea of senior advocate Bhim Singh and Delhi-based lawyer Anuja Kapur that the investigation be transferred to the CBI. “Be that as it may, we do not intend to enter into this sphere (transfer of case to CBI) at this stage,” the bench said, noting the submission of the victim’s father.At the outset, the victim’s counsel Indira Jaising, who mentioned the matter for an urgent hearing in the forenoon, said the “biological father” of the victim had no grievance with regard to the police probe. “We are not seeking transfer of investigation. The issue is that the atmosphere is not conducive at Kathua for fair trial and dispensation of justice,” she said.
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