Kathua rape case: Mehbooba Mufti accepts resignation of BJP ministers


The charge sheet revealed chilling details about how the girl was allegedly kidnapped, drugged and raped inside a place of worship before being killed.

Madhav had yesterday said, "That is why they had to resign".

The BCI chairman also said that the team will visit the state on April 20 to investigate the matter and after consulting all the persons concerned, it will submit its report to the bar council which will in turn submit its report before the apex court.

Citing the BJP's decision to remove two of its Jammu and Kashmir ministers, who had joined the public protests against the probe, Union minister Prakash Javadekar wondered if Congress president Rahul Gandhi would only point fingers at others but maintain silence on the comments of his party's Jammu and Kashmir unit chief. "The prime minister, home minister, Ram Madhavji [BJP's national general secretary] and [BJP President] Amit Shahji played a role and sought the resignation of two BJP ministers, about whom it came in the media that they didn't play a positive role..." By seeking a fast track court and terminating the services of four policemen who figure in the list of accused, she has put the fire fighting process in motion. "Beyond that, I don't think there will be any impact of this incident or these developments on the coalition". "I want to thank people of Jammu for standing united against the gory crime", she said.

"Intolerance and hate are hitting at the country's core values and posing a great threat to pluralism, the only option for achieving the goals India has set out for", she said, adding that India comprises a composite culture and no one has domination in it. Her body was found a week later.

She has also alleged that while the MLA was raping her daughter, Shashi Singh stood outside the room as a guard.

In a related development, BJP leader Choudhary Lal Singh on Saturday defended his participation in a rally supporting the accused in the Kathua rape and killing case, saying that it was meant to defuse the situation and restore normalcy.

"Certain amount of discretion should have been maintained".

He cautioned that there should be no communal politics played over the ghastly crime and everyone should ensure speedy justice and exemplary punishment to the culprits.