CBI arrests BSF DIG in sex racket, victim identifies him
Srinagar, June 7 (UNI) The CBI today arrested Border Security Force (BSF) Deputy Inspector General (DIG) K S Padhi in connection with the sex racket case and sent to five-day remand after he was identified by one of the victims in the flesh trade scandal.
Padhi, who is allegedly involved in the sex scandal, had surrendered before the CBI at its camp office here this morning and was taken into custody, official sources said.
He was then produced before the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM), Srinagar after which a Test Identification Parade (TIP) was conducted before Yasmeena, one of the minor victims in the sex scandal which sparked off massive protests in the Kashmir valley following disclosure that some top politicians, bureaucrats and senior police and paramilitary officials were allegedly involved in the flesh trade racket.
Padhi, now posted in Asom had earlier been evading arrest after he failed to appear before the CBI for the TIP, was identified by the girl. She had named Padhi as one of the 11 people who had allegedly raped her.
The arrest comes a day after he surfaced in the Jammu and Kashmir High Court for surrender when a division bench, comprising Justice Hakeem Imtiyaz Hussain and Justice Bashir Ahmed Kirmani, was hearing the sex racket case.
He wanted to surrender in the court. However, the court did not accept his plea and instead asked him to surrender before the CBI.
The CBI, which is investigating the case, asked Padhi to surrender in their camp office here so that they secure his remand from the CJM for custodial interrogation.
The CJM had also issued an arrest warrant against Padhi in the sex scandal case. The Supreme Court too had refused to grant protection to him against impending arrest in the same case.
On June 4, the CBI had arrested Deputy Superintendent of Police Ashraf Mir, at present posted as the Sub-Divisional Police Officer in the Pattan Police Station, following his identification by Yasmeena in the TIP after being absconding for ten days.
The CJM had also issued an arrest warrant against Jammu-based advocate Anil Sethi, the son of retired judge and former Chairman of the State Accountability Commission R P Sethi.
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