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BSF officer linked to J&K sex racket to surrender

A senior BSF official allegedly involved in the sex racket in Jammu and Kashmir appeared before the High Court.

india Updated: Jun 06, 2006 19:14 IST

A day after the Supreme Court rejected his anticipatory bail plea, a senior BSF official allegedly involved in the sex racket in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday appeared before the High Court that directed him to surrender to the chief judicial magistrate or the CBI.

BSF Deputy Inspector General KS Padhi, who has been avoiding identification parades before a teenaged victim of the racket, appeared before the registrar of the High Court as his counsel approached the judges in their chambers and said his client wished to surrender.

CBI counsel and Assistant Solicitor General Shabir A Naik said the judges told Padhi's counsel that the BSF officer should turn himself in to either Chief Judicial Magistrate MY Akhoon, who issued the non-bailable warrant against him yesterday, or at the CBI camp office in Srinagar.

CBI sources said Padhi was expected to surrender to the agency either today or on Wednesday.

CBI officials told Padhi's counsel that the official should make himself available at the agency's camp office at Humhama.

Akhoon on Monday issued warrants against Padhi and former additional advocate general Anil Sethi, who too has been avoiding the identification parades.

Padhi said he is innocent and is facing an "occupational hazard". "Some (in the security forces) are hit in the body and some are hit in the mind."

Sethi and Padhi are among 11 people named by the teenaged girl for having allegedly raped her.

Eight people, including Sabeena, the alleged kingpin of the racket, have been arrested in connection with the scandal.