The trial of the rape case against five dismissed cops of the UT, facing charges of raping a minor of Khuda Lahora apart from charges under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, would be heard by a special court.
As the Act provides for setting up a special court, hearing cases under POCSO should, in all probability, be headed by a female judicial officer of the rank of additional district and session judge.
Sources reveal that efforts are on to set up a special court that would hear cases registered under POCSO Act and a notification would be issued soon.
Sources add that the trial of the case of the dismissed UT cops- Jagtar Singh (23), Akshay (24), Sunil Kumar (23), Himmat Singh (24) and Anil (25) - arrested on December 19 on the allegations of raping and molesting a minor girl for months, would be marked to this new court.
As of now, all additional district and sessions judge have been designated cases registered under POCSO Act, to fast track trials as mandated by the Act.
UT police have already filed a chargesheet against the accused cops who were arrested and dismissed for service in December 2013. The case is likely to come up for hearing on February 28.
Shop-owner, cousin and victim's mother among 33 witnesses.
The police have examined about 33 witnesses in this case, which includes a shop-owner from Sector 15, Chandigarh, from where the accused had bought emergency contraceptive pills which were administered by the accused every time after raping her.
The mother of the victim, who had denied having knowledge of the crime, with victim's cousin and victim's neighbour, in whom she had confided the crime, figure in the list of witnesses.
Calls between victim, accused
The police, along with the chargesheet, had also attached details of the mobile phone call details of the accused cops as well as the victim, which shows they were constantly in touch.
Since September 2013, accused Akshay, Sunil and Himmat were constantly in touch with the girl and shared over 95 calls and messages. The calls originated from both ways.
Along with the call records, the police have also attached the school attendance record of the victim with the chargesheet.