J&K sex scandal: Statements recorded,one witness turns hostile

In the infamous J and K Sex scandal case,one of the four witnesses who appeared in Special CBI court today turned hostile,while another only partially supported the Prosecution’s case.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: May 4, 2012 1:53 am

In the infamous J and K Sex scandal case,one of the four witnesses who appeared in Special CBI court today turned hostile,while another only partially supported the Prosecution’s case.

Hazara Begum,mother of one of the ‘victims’ deposed in court today. During her examination in chief,she retracted from her earlier statements. Earlier she had stated that after her husband’s death,her daughter had applied for a government job and had gone to the DC office where she was allegedly told that her daughter needed to get recommendation from a minister.

She had further stated that a person had taken them the Personal Assistant of a minister in order to meet them,where after waiting for some time,she was told to send her daughter to the minister’s house the next day. Begum had alleged that the next day her daughter had gone to the minister’s house where she was sexually exploited,but was not given the job. However,today she retracted from her statement and said that her daughter had never applied for the job.

Another witness Mohammad Mustaq Dar,a social worker who claimed to know one of the accused,partially supported the case. During his cross and chief examination,Dar admitted that he had produced the attested copy of the Registration Certificate of a WagonR car. He also admitted in Court that the signature and the handwriting on the Production memo through which he had handed over a Sony Ericsson phone,which had the call details of the victim and the accused,to the CBI were his. However,he deposed that paper was empty when he had put his signatures on it. He has also denied handing over the phone to the CBI.

Another witness SL Gupta ,the Chief Investigating Officer,also deposed in court and presented the record in a case. His evidence in two cases has been deferred for Friday when he will depose in three more cases. Another witness,Raja Balaji,an investigating officer,during the cross examination supported the Prosecution’s case.

R K Handa,Special Counsel of the CBI,on Thursday gave up Mohammad Yusuf Shah as a witness,in view of the statements made by one as one of the accused admitting to the allotment of his house.

The sex scandal surfaced in Jammu and Kashmir in 2006,in which nine cases for various offences,including Section 376 (rape) of Ranbir Penal Code (RPC),Immoral Trafficking(Prevention) Act and the Information Technology (IT) Act were registered. Sabina,who had allegedly introduced the ‘victims’ to the other accused,had been named in all the cases. The case had been shifted to the Chandigarh Sessions Court from Jammu and Kashmir High Court on September 4,2006.

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