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Sex scandal: HC raps J&K police

It has also asked the Advocate General for the police investigation reports.

india Updated: May 15, 2006 15:57 IST

The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Monday rapped the state police for inadequate investigation into the sex scandal.

The apex court also directed the Advocate General to place before it the list of articles seized by the police in connection with the case and also the report given to the CBI.

A division bench of the court comprising Justice Hakim Imtiyaz Hussain and Justice Bashir Ahmed Kirmani directed Adovcate General Altaf Naik to present before the court the seizure report and police report by 2.30 pm on Monday.

The court took exception to the alleged failure of the police to find out details of a mobile phone seized by them.

The court also asked the counsel for Union of India Shabir Naik to direct the CBI officer investigating the case to be present in the court.

The division bench is hearing a Public Interest Litigation filed by the Kashmir High Court Bar Association. The court had taken suo moto cognisance of media reports about the sex racket.

President of KHCBA Mian Abdul Gayoom who appeared in the court pleaded that statements of minor girls involved in the racket be recorded in the presence of a magistrate.

He also prayed that the kingpin of the racket, Sabeena, should be given an opportunity to become an approver so that complete evidence comes before the court.

Qayoom said crucial evidence relating to the case was being lost as some of the girls involved in the racket have reportedly moved to Delhi and Bangalore.

First Published: May 15, 2006 13:28 IST