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J&K sex case: Next hearing on Monday

india Updated: Jul 16, 2006 15:07 IST
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Jammu and Kashmir High Court will hear on Monday the Jammu Bar Association's (JBA) petition seeking transfer of the sex scandal cases from Srinagar to Jammu.

The JBA has been on a strike for the past 18 days demanding the cases be shifted to outside the Valley, where it says the accused will not get a fair trial because of prejudices.

Filed by the wife of BSF DIG KC Padhi, who is an accused in the case, and relatives of four other suspects through the JBA, the petition was listed for hearing yesterday but was put off by Justice JP Singh till Monday.

Several high-profile persons have been arrested by the CBI in connection with the case, including former ministers Ghulam Ahmad Mir and Raman Matoo, former Additional Advocate General of Jammu and Kashmir Anil Sethi, IAS officer M Iqbal Khanday and DSPs Mohammad Ashraf Mir and Mohammad Yousuf Mir.

The judge, meanwhile, issued notices to respondents on another writ petition filed by advocate AK Sawhney who has sought quashing of his expulsion from JBA and action against striking lawyers who, he said, were "making the administration of justice a hostage", in violation of Supreme Court orders.

Sawhney, the former association president, was expelled on July 5 for criticising the JBA strike. The court notices were returnable by July 20.