Kathua gangrape-murder case: J&K court directs registration of FIR against six members of SIT that probed 2018 incident

A court in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday directed the police to register an FIR against six members of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) that probed the 2018 rape and murder of an eight-year-old nomadic girl in a Kathua village for allegedly torturing and coercing witnesses to give false statements

Press Trust of India October 22, 2019 21:11:29 IST
Kathua gangrape-murder case: J&K court directs registration of FIR against six members of SIT that probed 2018 incident
  • A court in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday directed the police to register an FIR against six members of a SIT that probed the 2018 Kathua rape and murder case

  • Sachin Sharma, Neeraj Sharma and Sahil Sharma, who were witnesses in the case, alleged that they were tortured and coerced to give false statements

  • The court directed registration of FIR against the then SSP RK Jalla (now retired), ASP Peerzada Naveed, Deputy Superintendents of Police Shetmbari Sharma and Nissar Hussain, Sub-Inspector Urfan Wani and Kewal Kishore of crime branch of police

  • The court has ordered the SSP of Jammu to report compliance by next date of hearing on 11 November

Jammu: A court in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday directed the police to register an FIR against six members of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) that probed the 2018 rape and murder of an eight-year-old nomadic girl in a Kathua village for allegedly torturing and coercing witnesses to give false statements.

Kathua gangrapemurder case JK court directs registration of FIR against six members of SIT that probed 2018 incident

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Judicial Magistrate Prem Sagar gave the direction to senior superintendent of police (SSP) of Jammu on an application by Sachin Sharma, Neeraj Sharma and Sahil Sharma, who were witnesses in the case, saying cognisable offences are made out against the six.

The court directed registration of FIR against the then SSP RK Jalla (now retired), ASP Peerzada Naveed, Deputy Superintendents of Police Shetmbari Sharma and Nissar Hussain, Sub-Inspector Urfan Wani and Kewal Kishore of the crime branch of police and asked the SSP Jammu to report compliance by next date of hearing on 11 November.

"From the gist of the complaint cognisable offences are made out against the non-applicants herein. Therefore, application of the applicant under Section 153 (3) CrPc is allowed with the direction to SSP Jammu to register FIR against the non-applicants under relevant provisions of law and report compliance by next date of hearing on November 11," it said.

In June this year, District and Sessions Judge Tejwinder Singh sentenced to life imprisonment the three main accused, while awarding five years in jail to three others for the destruction of evidence in the case that had sparked nationwide outrage.

The trial was shifted to Pathankot on orders of the Supreme Court after some cabinet ministers of the then PDP-BJP government in the state came out in open support of the accused while lawyers in Kathua attempted to prevent submission of the chargesheet in court.

Advocate Ankur Sharma pleaded the case for the applicants.

 

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