Srinagar court grants bail to two persons accused in rape case

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Srinagar, Feb 17: A local court here has granted interim bail to two people accused in sexual exploitation, rape and murder of a teenage girl in the down town.

Earlier, the Chief Prosecuting Officer (CPO) opposed the bail plea of the accused stating that they were involved in a heinous offence.

Granting bail to accused at this stage will affect investigations in the case because on the basis of their disclosures, a police party had gone to Jammu. This will provide the accused opportunity to tamper with the witness, he argued.

However, the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) granted interim bail to accused in the case filed by the Forum Against Social Evils (FASE) in the sexual exploitation and subsequent murder of Aaliya.

The court gave interim bail to Imtiyaz Ahmad Matoo and Meraj-ud- Din Mandoo who were booked under section 342 RPC, 32/NDPS act and 5/PITA for aiding and abetting Sahiba alias Gypsy alias Aabida of Lal Bazaar, the main accused in the case.

The CJM said the bail should not be withheld as a measure of punishment.

'' Application for the grant of bail was allowed and the accused were granted interim bail till February 29 on conditions that they will remain available with the investigation agency, the court said, adding that the accused shall not directly or indirectly make any attempt or endeavour to influence the prosecution witness and they shall not leave the territorial limits of the state.

''If during the course of investigation it appears to the concerned in-charge officer that continuance of the accused on bail is going to thwart due course of law, he shall be at liberty to approach the court of CJM for appropriate orders,'' he said.

UNI

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