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9 chargesheeted in sex scandal
Tribune News Service and Agencies

Srinagar, June 24
The CBI today filed its first chargesheet in the high-profile sex racket charging nine persons, including Deputy Inspector General of BSF K.C Pandhi, with rape.
The first chargesheet comprising nearly 25 pages with annexures was filed before the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr M.Y Akhoon, in a jam packed court here.

The CBI had to file the chargesheet before the expiry of the stipulated period of 60 days as the agency had made its first arrest on April 29. Filing of the chargesheet within the mandatory period is essential failing which those arrested in the case could get bail from the courts.

In a related case, the Chief Judicial Magistrate, also extended by three days (till June 27) the CBI remand for two MLAs and former ministers, Raman Matto and Ghulam Ahmad Mir, who are allegedly involved in the scandal. They were produced in the court by the CBI here today.

Raman Mattoo had been arrested from his Gupkar residence here, while Mir had been arrested from New Delhi by the CBI.

All nine persons, against whom chargesheets were filed before the Chief Judicial Magistrate today, have been sent to the Srinagar Central Jail till July 7.

They, include DIG BSF, K.S Padhi; Deputy SP of Jammu and Kashmir Police Mohammad Ashraf; former Additional Advocate General of the State High Court Anil Sethi; the alleged kingpin Sabina, and Abdul Hameed Bulla, Shabir Kala, Merajuddin, Shabir Langoo and Maqsood Ahmad.

The nine accused have been booked for rape, procuring girls for prostitution, conspiracy under Sections 376, 292, 304, 305 and 306 of the RPC and under Sections 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7 of the Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act (PITA).

Meanwhile, Valley Citizen’s Council, today expressed concern over the “falling social and moral values in society” particularly the involvement of people’s representatives in the alleged sex scandal in Jammu and Kashmir. It has sought measures to curb the menace and sought the expulsion of the two MLAs and former ministers— Raman Mattoo and Ghulam Ahmad Mir— from the Assembly. The Council also hailed the efforts of the state High Court, Bar association and others to eliminate such social evils from society.

The CBI has also informed the court that the MMS, the mobile phone and the VCD had been sent to Andhra Pradesh State Forensic Laboratory for thorough examination.

With Sethi’s surrender, the CBI had indicated that the agency had completed its investigation into the allegations made by the minor girl that she was allegedly raped by 11 men.



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