Srinagar Jan 30: One of the accused in the sex scandal that rocked the Kashmir valley last year after names of some politicians, security forces and police officials surfaced has requested a local court to hold a speedy trial.
The accused, Hilal Ahmad, pleaded to the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) to hold a speedy trial.
Earlier, the court directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to bring the witness along with a lawyer for recording statement on the next hearing on April 19.
The CBI produced a witness, Abdul Aziz Patwari, in the court where all the five accused Sabina, the kingpin and her husband Abdul Hameed Bulla, Hilal Ahmad, Absar Ahmad and Aijaz Bhat were also present.
However, CJM Aijaz Ahmad Khan did not record the statement of the witness.
Patwari is the first witness in the case after a Chandigrah court allowed that trial could also be held in Srinagar.
The case was transferred to Chandigrah after two former ministers, a senior bureaucrat and senior security force and police officials said no lawyer was ready to defend them.
The sex scandal rocked the valley after thousands of people took to the streets demanding action against the accused, including politicians involved in the case.