Kathua rape case: Perjury charges to be filed against witness

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Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir Crime Branch (CB) has initiated the process of pressing perjury charges against a witness in the sensational Kathua rape case.

The witness Ajay Kumar alias ‘Ajju’ had retracted from a “confessional statement” recorded in front of a magistrate, officials said.

Following which, the sessions judge of Pathankot has served a show-cause notice to Ajay asking him to explain on Monday. In the show-cause notice, Ajay has been asked to appear before the court, in person or be represented by a counsel on November 12.

Ajay had recorded his statement before a judicial magistrate in Jammu on February 27 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.

Under the directions of the Supreme Court, the sessions judge is holding trial for the Kathua rape-and-murder case.

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