IN A TWIST to the case of alleged sodomy involving Zulfiqar Khan, the director of Theatre Age, an NGO, the defence counsel placed a CD on record which showed that the complainant, Kanwarpal, and his advocate were demanding bribe.
During the cross-examination of the investigating officer, Harminderjit Singh, he identified the two in the video as Kanwarpal and his lawyer. During the court proceedings, when the defence counsel sought the permission of the court to play the said DVD on the laptop so that the IO could identify him, the duo was allegedly demanding Rs 15 lakh from Zulfiqar’s nephew Shadab, whom they had met a few months back, to drop the charge of sodomy and clear his uncle’s name.
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Although the prosecution objected to playing the video, questioning its authenticity, permission was allowed for the purpose of identification. The matter is now slated to be heard on November 9. The IO further stated that among other things recovered from the Sector 25 residence of the accused, were 34 letters of apology, all written by children of Theatre Age.
Of the five complainants, who had accused Zulfiqar Khan of sodomy, two had turned hostile. The complainant, Kanwarpal, had lodged a complaint with Chandigarh Commission for Protection of Child’s Rights (CCPCR) alleging that he had committed sodomy. The CCPCR had sent the complaint to the SSP on July 8, 2015. Recently, the court had granted bail to Zulfiqar in two of the five complaints against him and dismissed bail in the remaining three.
The court had already framed charges against Zulfiqar under sections 292 (sale and exhibiting obscene materials), 377 (unnatural sex), 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC and Sections 5 and 14 of the Protection of Children and Sexual Offences Act, 2012.