The CBI on Tuesday got hold of the high and mighty in connection with the sex racket that rocked the Kashmir valley when it arrested two former Jammu and Kashmir ministers, including a Congress MLA Ghulam Ahmed Mir, for allegedly procuring girls for prostitution.
Besides Mir who was arrested from the national capital, the CBI sleuths picked up independent MLA Raman Mattoo from his Srinagar residence in connection with their alleged involvement in the racket.
Mir and Mattoo, who were ministers under former Chief Minister Mufti Mohd Sayeed, were booked under the Immoral Trafficing (Prevention) Act for procuring persons for prostitution. Under this Section, the two, if convicted, will have to undergo three months imprisonment or pay a fine of Rs 20,000 or both.
As per the rules, Speaker of the state legislature Tara Chand was informed immediately after their arrest by CBI.
Mir, a Congress MLA from Dooru in Anantnag, had come to New Delhi on Monday night and was arrested from J&K House in Chanakyapuri by CBI this morning. He was later produced before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Kamini Lau who sent him on two days of transit remand for being taken to Srinagar.
CBI sources said he would be taken to Kashmir on Wednesday after which both the MLAs would be produced before the designated court for CBI remand.
The CBI action came a day after the Jammu and Kashmir High Court had asked the CBI to take some "concrete action" on the statement of Sabeena, the alleged kingpin in the racket.
Mir applied for a transit bail at the Delhi court saying he would make himself available but the court took note of the statement of Yasmeena, another woman involved in the sex racket, and ordered his transit remand.
The CBI took the decision to arrest the two after the statement of Sabeena was corroborated by Yasmeena alias Nancy.
There was some confusion over the Yasmeena's name as the name was similar to that of the minor girl who has levelled rape charge agianst six people including arrested Deputy Inspector General of BSF KS Padhi.
CBI has announced a cash reward of Rs two lakh for information leading to the arrest of former Additional Advocate General of Jammu and Kashmir Anil Sethi wanted in connection with the sex racket.
Besides the cash reward, the CBI also issued a "Look Out" notice against him to ensure he does not flee from the country, the sources said.
Sethi was declared a proclaimed offender by a local court here after he failed to appear before CBI which wants to question him in connection with the allegation levelled by a minor girl that he had raped her.
In the meantime, CBI is giving final touches to the first chargesheet likely to be filed against six people including Padhi.