Court urged to direct ‘further investigation’ in Major Gogoi-local girl case

Court urged to direct ‘further investigation’ in Major Gogoi-local girl case
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Srinagar: In the case involving army Major Leetul Gogoi, who was detained by police along with a local girl at a Srinagar hotel on May 23, the counsel for the complainant has pleaded for further investigation in the case. Police after submitting the case report to the court on May 31 had stated that no case had been made out against Major Gogoi, as neither the hotel owner nor the girl had filed any complaint.
Human rights activist Ahsan Untoo had filed an instant application in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Srinagar seeking directions to police to explain what they had done in the case and why the army officer was set free.
The application had sought response from SSP North (City), SSP Srinagar, and SHO Khanyar in terms of Section 156 sub clause 3 CrPC.
The counsel for the applicant asked for an FIR under Section 294 RPC to be lodged against Major Gogoi and his fellow soldier Sameer Ahmad Malla, who was also present at the hotel on the day.
The counsel argued that the police had not conducted a fair investigation and as such they be directed to conduct further investigation into the matter.
The counsel for the applicant, Advocate Bilal Ahmad Wani, said that the court granted further time to argue the matter. “We will submit the law on the point and further, that the court is not bound to the report furnished by the concerned police agencies and has ample powers to direct the concerned SHO for further investigation, as there are many angles involved in this case,” Wani told Kashmir Reader.
“The role of Sameer Malla should be probed for bringing the girl from Budgam to Srinagar. It may be a case of human trafficking and further investigation is needed to ascertain the facts,” he added.
In a statement made before the magistrate, the girl had said that she was “friends” with Major Gogoi and had come to Srinagar with him “out of my own will”.
The court listed the next date of hearing on June 12 for further arguments.

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