In the midst of the investigation, lawyers of the Jammu High Court Bar Association (JHBA) undertook protests, demanding a CBI probe into the matter.
Meanwhile, Modi and his party members on Thursday kept a day-long fast against the washout of the second part of Parliament's budget session due to disruptions.
Top 10 developments on Kathua gangrape, murder of 8-year-old girl, protests by Rahul Gandhi, celebrities and citizens:
1) PM Modi breaks his silence on Kathua and Unnao rape cases: Facing flak and political heat over the recent incidents of crimes against women and children, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday spoke out, referring to the Kathua gang-rape and murder case and the Unnao rape case, which involves a BJP MLA as the key accused. Modi said that the "incidents being discussed since past two days cannot be part of a civilised society". He added that "as a country, as a society, we all are ashamed of it".
"I want to assure the country that no culprit will be spared, complete justice will be done. Our daughters will definitely get justice," said the Prime Minister.
Incidents being discussed since past two days cannot be part of a civilised society. As a country, as a society we all are ashamed of it. I want to assure the country that no culprit will be spared, complete justice will be done. Our daughters will definitely get justice: PM pic.twitter.com/4qY0znXXHM
— ANI (@ANI) April 13, 2018
2) BJP ministers who supported Kathua rape case accused resign:
BJP ministers Lal Singh and Chander Prakash, who took part in a rally in support of the Kathua gang-rape accused, submitted their resignation to the J&K party chief on Friday, television reports said.
Earlier in the day, when she was asked about what action the party would take against its ministers Chaudhary Lal Singh and Chander Prakash Ganga
in connection to the Kathua rape
and murder case, Lekhi had said: "What kind of action should we take if someone comes and says that they were misled?"
"Is it a crime to get misled?" she asked, adding that the people get misled and this can happen with anyone.
"The two BJP ministers were misled by a few people," Lekhi told the media, adding, "When you are in public life, people come to you with their version... So, the lesson to them is not to believe one side or the other and let the law take its course."
3) SC takes cognisance of lawyers' obstruction in Kathua gang-rape case:
The Supreme Court on Friday took serious note of lawyers obstructing the judicial process in the Kathua gang-rape
and murder case and initiated a case on its own accord, saying that such impeding of the process of law "affects the delivery of justice". The top court said that lawyers' bodies have a solemn duty to not obstruct advocates representing the accused or the victims' family in the courts. A Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud sought responses on the conduct of lawyers from Bar Council of India, Jammu and Kashmir
Bar Council, Jammu High Court Bar Association, and Kathua district
bar association by April 19. "In our considered opinion, no lawyer can prevent the advocates representing the accused or victim's family in the case," the Bench said.
It sought a reply from the bar bodies on various aspects, including the question whether lawyers representing the victim or the accused can be stopped from appearing in the court by another group of lawyers. "Obstruction of process of law and delivery of justice, and that too by lawyers, cannot be condoned and is unethical. Access to justice cannot be impeded by lawyers," the Bench said.
The Bench also took note of the fact that Jammu High Court Bar Association has passed the resolution to protest and not to attend the court and said that "it is solemn duty of the bar to not create obstruction". The apex court agreed to take the suo motu cognisance of the matter after several lawyers of the apex court pointed out the incident in which agitating advocates at Kathua district
obstructed police from the filing of charge sheet in the court yesterday.
Alam said that it is already a settled law that investigation cannot be transferred to the CBI after the charge sheet has been filed in the court. "Police team was heckled by the lawyers and prevented from submitting the charge sheet before the Chief Judicial Magistrate court in Kathua," Alam said. He said that subsequently, the police had to produce the eight accused in the case and submit the charge sheet at the residence of the magistrate.
Alam informed the court that police have also registered an FIR against some lawyers for attempting to prevent police from filing charge sheet in Kathua rape
5) Lawyer for Kathua gang-rape and murder case victim's family threatened:
A group of lawyers, including P V Dinesh, Gopal Shankar Narayanan, and Shobha Gupta, said that an advocate for the Kathua gang-rape and murder case victim's family was also given threats
and obstructed from appearing in the court. Earlier in the day, the top court had asked advocate Dinesh to bring materials on record to take judicial note of a strike call given by Kathua and Jammu and Kashmir
bar associations in relation to the gang-rape and killing of the eight-year-old girl in Jammu region.
6) BJP says its ministers were 'misled' into joining protest march supporting Kathua rape accused:
Facing flak over the Kathua and Unnao rape cases, the BJP today claimed that its rivals were "selectively" picking the two instances to target it and asserted that stringent action was being taken in both the cases. BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi defended the two Jammu and Kashmir ministers
of the party, who had joined a march against the police probe into the ghastly rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua, saying they were "misled and misguided". The party did not share their views and they should have maintained that the law was taking its course, she told a press conference.
A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar, which took up the issue on its own after coming across print and electronic media reports, sought a response from the media houses, asking why action should not be taken against them on the matter.
8) It can't get worse than this, says J&K DGP on Kathua rape-murder:
9) Kathua victim's father demands death penalty for perpetrators:
Condemning the Kathua gang-rape and murder, Jammu and Kashmir
Director General of Police (DGP) S P Vaid on Friday said that it couldn't get worse than this. "It is a very heinous crime; it can't get worse than this. The Special Investigation Team (SIT) has done a very professional job and filed the charge sheet. Now, we hope that justice will be done," Vaid told news agency ANI.
The father of the eight-year-old girl who was raped and murdered in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua
district said that the perpetrators of the heinous crime should be "hanged till death". Speaking to news agency ANI on Friday, he said, "I miss my daughter every day. Those responsible for killing my daughter should be hanged till death."
10) Congress workers to march in all state capitals:
Congress party members will hold candlelight march at capitals of all the states against the Kathua and Unnao rape cases on the instructions of party president Rahul Gandhi, news agency ANI reported.
Why no protests in other rape cases?:
On the instructions of Congress President Rahul Gandhi, party members will hold candlelight march at capitals of all the states against #Kathua & #Unnao rape cases pic.twitter.com/FfecSy5oLi
— ANI (@ANI) April 13, 2018
You see their plan, first shout 'minority minority', then 'Dalit Dalit', and now 'women women' and then try to somehow fix blame of state issues on the centre. All this while ignoring the strict action being taken by state governments, said BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi
. Party has already condemned this act, two individuals (BJP J&K ministers) were misled and misguided by people. Lesson to them is not to believe one side or the other and let the law take its course, she said.
AAP to 'gherao' PM's residence over Unnao, Kathua rape:
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will 'gherao' Prime Minister Narendra Modi's residence here on Sunday over what it said on Friday was his silence on the rapes in Unnao and Kathua.
Addressing the media, senior party leader Gopal Rai said the party would also launch a country-wide campaign after Sunday on rising attacks against women.
Rai said the Prime Minister became silent whenever the country faced trouble. "Why is he silent? What is the reason? Even Manmohan Singh used to speak at times."
Rai alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath were trying to save the accused BJP MLA in the rape in Unnao. "The BJP MLA should be arrested and police should end giving protection (to the accused)," Rai said.