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J&K sex scam: Accused to be tried in Chandigarh

The apex court shifts the trial of 14 persons accused in the J&K sex scandal from Srinagar to Chandigarh.

india Updated: Sep 29, 2006 20:44 IST

The Supreme Court on Monday shifted the trial of 14 persons accused in the Jammu and Kashmir sex scandal from Srinagar to Chandigarh.

A Bench headed by Chief Justice YK Sabbarwal directed that the trial and all other proceedings of the 14 accused be transferred from the court of Principal Sessions Judge, Srinagar to that of District and Session Judge, Chandigarh.

"On examination of facts and circumstances, we are of the view that the investigations have been completed and chargesheets filed. It would be in the interest of justice to transfer these cases for trial and other proceedings from the court of Principal Sessions judge, Srinagar to District and Sessions Judge, Chandigarh," the Bench said.

All the accused had alleged that they had been booked under surcharged atmosphere and the stand of Jammu and Kashmir Bar Association that no lawyer was willing to defend them and said it would be proper to shift trial of the case outside the state.

Those who had approached the apex court for shifting the case are BSF DIG KC Padhi, former Additional Advocate General Anil Sethi, Deputy SP Mohammad Ashraf Mir, independent MLA and former minister Raman Mattoo, suspended Principal Secretary (Planning) Iqbal Khandey and hotel owner Riyaz Kawa.

Sabeena, the alleged kingpin of the racket, her husband Abdul Hamid Shabir Langoo, Congress leader Ghulam Hassan Mir, Shabir Kala, Mehrajuddin Malik and Masood Ahmed and two others are also party to the petition seeking shifting of the case.

First Published: Sep 04, 2006 15:27 IST