Jammu, Apr 17: Union Minister in PMO Dr Jitendra Singh on Tuesday said that the Centre has no objection to hand over of the Kathua rape and murder case to the CBI, provided the State Government comes out with a reference.
“As far as we are concerned, we don’t have any problem or objection to hand over the case to the CBI,” Dr Singh told reporters at the sidelines of a function.
He however, said that if the State Government comes out with a reference, the case will be handed over to the agency today itself.
“The court was another option through which the case could go to the CBI,” said Dr Singh and added that as per his knowledge, a petition (for a CBI probe) is pending there.
Earlier after the inauguration of the off-campus accommodation for the Government Ayurvedic Medical College Jammu in the premises of Government Ayurvedic hospital here, Dr Singh in his address congratulated the people of Jammu for getting the gift of Ayurvedic College.
He said, “It was a long pending demand of this region which has been met by the Central Government headed by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi,” he said and added that Jammu and Kashmir has huge herbal medicinal potential and Central Government will tap it appropriately.
He appreciated the efforts of State Health Minister, Bali Bhagat for bringing the health sector on track.
He said the Government of India will take more effective steps to upgrade the health sector with special emphasis on AYUSH sector, adding, “the Prime Minister, Narender Modi is very keen to promote the AYUSH sector across the country as this century old traditional medicare system is trusted and affordable for all and without any side effect”.
Meanwhile Patron-in-Chief J&K State Legal Services Authority, Justice Ramalingam Sudhakar, who is also the Executive Chairman J&K State Legal Services Authority on Tuesday approved a compensation of Rs 2 lakh to be granted to the Legal heirs of victim in Kathua rape case titled State of J&K V/S Deepak Khajuria and others.
The financial assistance was announced in terms of Victim Compensation Scheme 2013 as recommended by Chairman DLSA Kathua.
Meanwhile, in case titled State V/s Sunil Kumar alias Balwant S/o Pikha Ram, Sat Pal alias Matha S/o Vishwa Nath and Revo Devi alias Parseeno W/o Pawan Kumar under FIR No: 67/2015 Under Section 376/342/506/363 of RPC of Reasi District, Compensation as recommended by Chairman District Legal Services Authority Reasi to the tune of Rs 3 lakh was also approved with the direction to Chairman District Legal Services Authority Reasi to disburse the relief among the Victim strictly in terms of Victim Compensation Scheme 2013.