Junaid Lynching Case: Judge Wants Action Against Additional Advocate General For Helping Accused

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The trial court judge hearing the Faridabad lynching case has said that a senior law officer was helping the accused in the case and sought action against him, reported The Indian Express.

In an interim order on October 25, Additional District and Sessions Judge, Faridabad, Y S Rathore said that Additional Advocate General Naveen Kaushik was assisting the counsel of the main accused, Naresh Kumar.

In Faridabad lynching case, 15-year-old Junaid Khan was killed by a mob on a Mathura-bound train in June this year. The mob had attacked Junaid, his brother and two cousins while also hurling communal slurs against them.

The judge said Kaushik was “suggesting questions to be put to the witnesses” at two hearings, on October 24 and 25.

The judge said that it is a sensitive case in which “according to prosecution case, one boy of minority community was killed during the quarrel in a train over sharing of seats with passengers of majority community after the deceased was allegedly abused on religious lines”.

On the act of the law officer, the judge said, “It amounts to professional misconduct and is against legal ethics and highly unbecoming of an Advocate, particularly because he is a Law Officer in the office of Advocate General, Haryana.”

The judge has also sought action against the officer. A letter will be written to Hon’ble Punjab & Haryana High Court, Chandigarh for taking up matter with the State Government, Office of Advocate General, Haryana and Bar Council of Punjab & Haryana, Chandigarh in this regard.

However, Kaushik has denied any wrong doing in the case and told the newspaper that it was “a wrong impression.” He claimed that he was only giving the provisions of law regarding Hindi language to the counsel of the accused.

The trial court had recently framed charges against Naresh Kumar among others.

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