CBI court pronounces verdict in 2006 sex scandal case

CBI court pronounces verdict in 2006 sex scandal case
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Former DIG BSF, J&K DSP guilty, businessman Malik and ex-advocate general Sethi acquitted

Srinagar: A special CBI court in Chandigarh on Wednesday held five persons, including a former DIG of the BSF and a former J&K police DSP, guilty in the 2006 Jammu and Kashmir sex scandal. Two other accused, including the then Additional Advocate General of J&K, was acquitted by the court of Judge Gagan Geet Kaur. The quantum of sentence in the infamous case will be pronounced on June 4.
The guilty include former J&K DSP Mohammed Ashraf Mir, former DIG BSF, KC Padhi, while businessman Mehrajuddin Malik and former J&K advocate general Anil Sethi have been acquitted in the case.
The sex scandal hit headlines in 2006 after the Jammu and Kashmir police discovered a few Compact Discs showing Kashmiri minor girls being exploited. The minors were forced into the sex trade and were exploited sexually by politicians, bureaucrats, and police officials.
Police later named one Sabeena and her husband, who allegedly ran a brothel in Srinagar, as the prime accused in the case. They also drew up a list of 56 names, which included some high-profile individuals, who were allegedly involved in the scandal.
The case was transferred to the CBI after names of two J&K ministers and several MLAs emerged during the police investigation. Then J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah resigned in 2009 after his name was also linked to the case. The state Governor, however, rejected his resignation.
Four victims were named as CBI witnesses in the case, of which three turned hostile. The fourth was kept in protective custody due to the sensitive nature of the case.