The Zulfiqar Khan-sexual exploitation case took a fresh turn on Monday when in a statement submitted by Khan’s defence counsel one of his ‘victim’ claimed that he was not sexually exploited by the Chandigarh-based theatre personality.
On Monday, Khan’s defence counsel AS Sukhija submitted a discharge application with the local court. Along with the application, he attached a statement by one of Khan’s ‘victim’ in which the ‘victim’ claimed that Khan did not sodomise him.
Sukhija claimed that the ‘victim’ had told him that the police never called him for a statement nor was his statement ever recorded in the court, which is mandated by Section 164 of the Criminal Procedure Court (CrPC). According to Sukhija, the alleged victim had also raised doubts over the authenticity of evidence submitted by police in the case by claiming that he was not present in the photographs that were used by the police as a proof of Khan’s guilt. According to the counsel, the victim also accused police of using forged documents to nab Khan.
The police however have claimed that five of Khan’s victims including a minor had recorded statements before them in which they had accused Khan of having unnatural sex with them.
Khan was arrested on July 1, after his former student cum-associate Kanwarpal accused him of sexually exploiting his students. Police have submitted a 360-page challan in the case in which they have listed 34 witnesses, including police officials, doctors, five complainants and a magistrate.