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5 let off in J&K sex scandal

A special CBI judge Vimal Kumar today acquitted five persons in three cases,all related to the ‘Jammu and Kashmir sex scandal’.

Written by Shishir Tripathi | Chandigrah | Updated: March 14, 2014 1:06:41 pm

A special CBI judge Vimal Kumar today acquitted five persons in three cases,all related to the ‘Jammu and Kashmir sex scandal’.

Giving them the “benefit of doubt”,the judge acquitted Absar Ahmad,Hilal Ahmad,Aijaz Ahmad,alleged kingpin Sabeena and her husband Abdul Hamid — all accused of immoral trafficking — as the victim turned hostile. However,Sabeena and Abdul are facing trial in two more cases in Chandigarh. They are also facing trial in Srinagar.

Sabeena and Abdul were charged under Section 3 (living on earnings of a brothel) of Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act. The other three accused were facing trial under Section 5 (procuring,inducing or taking a person for the sake of prostitution) of Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act.

First reported by The Indian Express on April 27,2006,the sex racket was busted after J & K police found two CDs of a 15-year-old girl filmed in the nude. Investigations by the police led to the unearthing of a well-knit sex racket,involving two top politicians,13 police and security forces officers and 43 girls.

The case was shifted to Chandigarh sessions court on September 4,2006. Charges were framed by the then district and sessions judge on March 21,2007. The case involved a total of 14 accused.

CBI’s special public prosecutor R K Handa told The Indian Express,“The victim did not support the case of the prosecution,so the accused were given benefit of doubt.”

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