Former BJP minister is counsel for Kathua rape accused

Mohan Lal claims he has not charged any fee from the accused

Accused Sanji Ram.

After two BJP ministers in the former PDP-BJP government in Jammu and Kashmir courted controversy over attending a rally in support of the Kathua rape and murder accused, a former Punjab BJP minister is now the counsel for the main accused in the case. 

Former Punjab minister Master Mohan Lal is representing two of the main accused, Sanji Ram and his son Vishal, in the much-publicized rape and murder case. Former saffron party minister Mohan Lal claims he has not charged any fee from the accused.

An eight-year-old girl from the minority Bakarwal community was kidnapped, held captive and raped and murdered on January 10 this year in a temple in Kathua. The incident sparked national outrage after saffron party minister in the now collapsed PDP-BJP government in J&K participated in a rally held in support of the accused. In May this year, the Supreme Court had transferred the case from Kathua to Pathankot in Punjab.

Mohan Lal represented Pathankot in the Punjab state assembly for several years. Lal says his obligation towards the accused is purely professional and political motives should not be attributed to his decision to defend the Kathua rape case accused. Lal has been associated with the BJP for nearly 5 decades and was also a part of the Ram Mandir movement. He was a minister in the SAD-BJP alliance government in Punjab when Prakash Singh Badal was the chief minister.

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