A local court on Thursday denied bail to Zulfiqar Khan, director of Theatre Age, who was arrested in July on sodomy charges.
Zulfiqar had filed a bail plea on Tuesday which was opposed by the UT police in its reply submitted in the court on Wednesday. The police contended that if released on bail, the accused would hamper investigations and he was allegedly threatening the victims from the jail.
Public prosecutor JP Singh said: “The first information report (FIR) against the accused for threatening the witnesses is still pending and the police are yet to arrest his relative, Lala. Moreover, the minor witness produced in the court by the defence counsel is subject to examination.”
The defence counsel on Wednesday had produced the 15-year-old victim in the court, who the police said was seen in the objectionable photographs.
In his statement in the court, the minor had stated the accused never sodomised him and that he was not the one seen in the photographs in which Zulfiqar is seen sodomising the victims. He had also contended that police never recorded his statement against the accused.
The police was directed to segregate the challans of all five victims allegedly sodomised by Zulfiqar in its December 15 order.
The defence counsel had pleaded to remove the charges against Zulfiqar under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act on the complaints of four victims, citing that the Act was not applicable at the time when they were allegedly sodomised.
Acting at the contention of the defence counsel, the court directed that Zulfiqar would face trial under POCSO Act on the complaint of only one victim, while he would face the trail under the respective section of the Childcare Act on the complaints of other four victims as the law was not applicable at the time when the crime was committed.
Zulfiqar was arrested on July 11 for allegedly having unnatural sex with his students on the complaint of Kanwarpal, his former student-cum-associate.
Charges were framed under Sections 377 (unnatural sex), 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation), 293 (sale, etc, of obscene objects to young person) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Sections 5, 6 and 14 of POCSO Act, 2012.