A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud today agreed to hear on Wednesday the plea of Sahil Sharma and two others, who are college friends of the juvenile accused in the case.
According to their plea, they had already recorded their statements before the police and the magistrate.
The three witnesses had in their statement before the magistrate said they gave their statement to the police under coercion.
The petition today alleged that the state police was now asking them to re-appear and re-record their statements and exerting pressure on their families.
The eight-year-old girl, from a minority nomadic community, had disappeared from near her home in a village close to Kathua in the Jammu region on January 10. Her body was found in the same area a week later.
The state police has filed the main chargesheet against seven persons and a separate chargesheet against a juvenile in a court in Kathua district.
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