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CBI seeks more time from J

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Srinagar, July 3 (UNI) The CBI today sought more time from the Jammu and Kashmir High Court to make a significant headway in the investigations into the sex racket case and complete the statements of the accused and take further steps vis-a-vis the probe.

A division bench, comprising Justice Bashir Ahmed Kirmani and Justice Hakim Imtiyaz Hussain, which is monitoring the investigations into the flesh trade scandal, later fixed July 6 (1500 hrs) as the next date of hearing in the case.

The CBI produced case diaries to the bench which perused them.

The court observed that the CBI had arrested some more people in connection with the sex racket case.

The CBI had also recorded the statements and part statements of the arrested people, it added.

CBI Deputy Inspector General (DIG) P K Singh, who was present in the court, sought some more time to complete the statements and to take other steps in furtherance of the investigations as already directed.

The court said all previous directions passed from time to time should be deemed to be part of today's order.

The bench said the Director of the Social Welfare Department has furnished his report in terms of previous orders.

It asked the Director of the Social Welfare Department and in- charge Psychiatric Diseases Hospital to be present in person in the court on the next date of hearing for rendering the requisite assistance.

The hearing on the case was adjourned on Friday as Justice Hussain was out of the town and hence not present in the court.

The CBI has so far arrested several top politicians, civil, police and paramilitary officials in connection with the case.

Among the arrested are former Jammu and Kashmir ministers and sitting legislators Ghulam Ahmed Mir and Raman Mattoo, Principal Secretary in the Planning and Development Department Iqbal Khanday, sacked state Additional Advocate General Anil Sethi, BSF DIG K C Padhi, Jammu and Kashmir Police DSP Mohammad Ashraf Mir, J&K Police Counter-Insurgency Kashmir (CIK) wing DSP Mohammad Yousuf Mir and Naaz Hotel owner Riyaz Kawa.

Later, talking to reporters, the CBI DIG said the agency would arrest only those against whom concrete evidence was gathered.

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