After six out of seven accused were convicted in the Kathua rape case, with three sentenced to life imprisonment and three awarded five-years jail imprisonment, R K Jalla - chief investigator of the case has expressed his regret on the acquittal of Vishal, son of Sanji Ram.
Speaking to media, he said that his only regret in the case was Vishal's release on the benefit of doubt.
"I can only hope that an appeal is filed challenging the acquittal," he said. Jalla added that Sanji Ram made every attempt to save his son from this case.
"I can only hope that the evidence collected by the crime branch during a painstaking investigation is appreciated by High Court," he said.
Earlier, one of the prosecutors representing the victim's family - Mubeen Farooq, has said that he is not very satisfied with the judgement and plans to appeal to the Punjab High court demanding more stringent punishment, speaking to Republic TV exclusively.
"I am not very satisfied with the judgement. We (prosecution) are planning to file an appeal in Punjab High court against the acquittal of Vishal (juvenile accused) and for enhancement of the punishment of the three policemen who were convicted. The three policemen are the main conspirators," he said.
When asked if he plans to demand capital punishment for the accused, he said that it would be decided in a meeting with the prosecution team.
"While we are a little disappointed with the judgment, we plan to demand capital punishment. We will call a meeting with the prosecution team an will decide over it," he added.
Talking about what the victim's family felt about the judgement, he said that he had spoken to the father who was somewhat satisfied.
"They are a little satisfied. I have talked to her father who says he is slightly satisfied," he said adding the further course of action will be decided after reading the judgement.
On June 10, the verdict of the Kathua rape and murder case was announced - three convicts Sanji Ram, Parvesh Kumar & Deepak Khajuria have been sentenced to life imprisonment. Furthermore, the other three convicts - SI Anand Dutta, head constable Tilak Raj and special police officer Surender Verma sentenced to five years for destruction of evidence.
The verdict of the in-camera trial in the case of rape and murder of an eight-year-old nomadic girl in Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir started in the Pathankot special court on Monday, where six of the seven accused were pronounced guilty.
According to the 15-page charge sheet filed by the Crime Branch, the eight-year-old girl, who was kidnapped on January 10 last year, was allegedly raped in captivity in a small village temple in Kathua district after having been kept sedated for four days before she was bludgeoned to death.
The day-to-day trial commenced in the first week of June last year at the district and sessions court in Pathankot in the neighbouring state of Punjab, about 100 km from Jammu and 30 km from Kathua after the Supreme Court ordered that the case be shifted out of Jammu and Kashmir.
(inputs from PTI)