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2 former ministers arrested
Kashmir sex scandal
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 20
Two former ministers, including Congress MLA Ghulam Ahmed Mir, were arrested by the CBI here today for their alleged involvement in the Jammu and Kashmir sex scandal.

Mir, an MLA from Dooru, Anantnag, was arrested from Jammu and Kashmir House in Chankyapuri, while another Independent MLA Raman Mattoo was arrested in Srinagar, CBI sources said here.

The decision to arrest them was taken after the Jammu and Kashmir High Court yesterday asked the investigating agency to start taking “concrete action” on the statement of Sabeena, the alleged kingpin in the case.

Both MLAs were booked under Section 5 of the Immoral Trafficking (Prevention) Act for procuring persons for prostitution. Under this Section, the two, if convicted, will have to undergo three months’ imprisonment or pay a fine of Rs 20,000 or both.

Immediately after their arrest, the CBI informed the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly Speaker, Mr Tara Chand, about the development.

Sleuths of the CBI’s Special Crime unit arrived at J and K House early this morning and started questioning Mir about his alleged involvement in the case.

After preliminary questioning, Mir, who came to the Capital only yesterday, was informed by CBI officials that he had been placed under arrest and he would be taken on a transit remand to Srinagar, the sources said.

Mir was nominated by the Congress Election Committee as a polling agent for its party President Sonia Gandhi in Rae Bareli but was withdrawn after his name started doing rounds in the scandal.

Mattoo was also placed under arrest early this morning and was taken to the agency’s makeshift office at Humhama, on the outskirts of Srinagar. 



Kashmir sex racket: Lawyers refuse to plead case

Srinagar, June 20
The recently unearthed sex scandal involving former Jammu and Kashmir ministers and top security force and police officials took an interesting turn today when the lawyers for two accused informed the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM), Srinagar, that they would not plead their clients' case for bail.

As soon as the bail plea of the two accused, Shabir Kala and Mehrajuddin, came up for hearing in the court of the CJM, their lawyers informed the court that they could not plead the case of their clients for personal reasons.

''We are withdrawing from the case,'' the lawyers informed the CJM, who accepted their plea.

Both the accused and their relatives pleaded that they should be allowed to argue their case. The CJM accepted their plea and later fixed June 23 as the next date of hearing. —UNI



BJP for speedy trial of J&K sex scandal case
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 20
The BJP today demanded that the accused in the infamous Jammu and Kashmir sex scandal case should be tried in a fast track court. Reacting to reports of the arrest of a Congress and an independent MLA in the sex scandal, BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said although the involvement of the high and mighty was anticipated, the arrest of two MLAs was certainly a revelation.

"The BJP wants that the trial of all the accused in the sex scandal should be done speedily through a fast track court," he said.



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