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Charge sheet against 7 in sex racket

Srinagar, July 29
Wrapping up its probe into another case related to the sex racket in Jammu and Kashmir, the CBI today chargesheeted seven persons, including two former state ministers and a senior IAS officer for allegedly procuring girls for prostitution.

This is the second charge sheet filed by the agency in just a little over two months since it began investigating the racket. The earlier chargesheet was filed in connection with another case against nine persons, including senior BSF officer K.C. Padhi and former Additional Advocate-General Anil Sethi, for allegedly raping a minor girl.

The CBIs Special Crime Unit today filed the five charge sheets against MLAs Raman Mattoo (Independent) and G.A. Mir (Congress), both former ministers, suspended Principal Secretary (Planning) Iqbal Khandey, Deputy Superintendent of Police Mohammed Ashraf Mir, hotel owner Riyaz Kawa, Sabeena, the racket's alleged kingpin, and her husband Abdul Hamid, in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate M.Y. Akhoon.

However, in the absence of Akhoon, who was away attending the golden jubilee celebrations of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court in which President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam was the chief guest, the charge sheets were received by a Duty Magistrate.

The magistrate asked the CBI to appear before Mr Akhoon on Monday as he was the competent authority to take cognisance of a charge sheet.

All seven accused, arrested in June, are currently in judicial custody. PTI

 

 



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