Re-investigate sex cases against ministers and others, J&K HC to CBI

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Srinagar, Oct 8 (UNI) Jammu and Kashmir High Court today directed Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to re-investigate allegations against more than a dozen persons, including a Minister, two Legislators and about half a dozen senior police officers in the sex racket case which came to surface in March last year.

In a 211-page judgement on a case filed by the CBI against the accused, including Transport Minister Hakeem Mohammad Yaseen and two sitting members of Legislative Assembly, a division bench of the High Court comprising Justices Hakeem Imtiyaz Hussain and Bashir Ahmad Kirmani said that despite enough evidence the accused were not paraded before the victims for identification.

It directed the CBI to re-investigate the entire case again and report the process to Chief Judicial Magistrate within two weeks.

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti has, meanwhile, suspended party MLA from Shopian Ghulam Hassan Khan, one of the accused in the case, following the High court judgement.

She said Khan has been suspended till the legal proceedings reach the logical conclusion.

The sex racket case had rocked the state as the victims named some high profile politicians, security officials, bureaucrats and businessmen as exploiters.


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