In a Special CBI court on Wednesday,two witnesses turned hostile in a case pertaining to a former DSP accused in the infamous Jammu and Kashmir sex scandal.
The two witnesses – including the son of Hazi Mohammad Ibrahim,who runs a brick kiln in the Valley,and the brother of the former DSP,Mohammad Yusuf Mir,turned hostile in the case.
According to public prosecutor R K Handa,Both the witnesses did not support the prosecutions version in the court that Mir had bought a blue-coloured Wagon R car from Ibrahim. While Ibrahims son said that he did not know whom his father had sold the car to,Mirs brother said that he never owned a Wagon R car.
Meanwhile,another witness Naseer Ahmad,Zee News Head in Srinagar,who had been declared hostile on an earlier date,admitted today that one of the victims had approached him. In his statement today he said that he had interviewed her and telecast the interview on his channel. Ahmad had submitted the CDs of the telecast to the CBI in July 2006.
He also informed the court that after the interview was telecast,the victim,who was sent by former SSP and SP of Srinagar Ashkoor Wani and Mansoor,offered him Rs 50,000 and a Pashmina shawl asking him to stop airing the telecast in return, Handa further said. The CBI has kept its liberty open to recall Ahmad if need be on the production of the CDs in the Court, he added.
In three other cases pertaining to the scandal,the prosecutions evidence was closed and the statements of the accused will be recorded under section 313 of the CrPC when the case will come up for resumed hearing on October 16.
The sex scandal surfaced in the Kasmir Valley in 2006. 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 against 17 persons including politicians and bureaucrats.