J&K sex scandal: 2 witnesses, including ‘victim’, turn hostile

Refusing to have ever seen the accused, two of the three witnesses produced in the J-K sex scandal to the Special CBI Court turned hostile on Tuesday. One of the two witnesses was the 'victim' and the other was a Border Security Force (BSF) officer, Kamalendu Talukdar, who had allegedly recorded videos.

The 'victim' in her previous statement had claimed that retired K C Padhi, the then deputy inspector general (DIG), BSF, had allegedly raped her, and she met the DIG through Sabina. Contradicting her previous statement on Tuesday, the 'victim' refused to have ever seen the DIG or Sabina, who allegedly used to run a brothel from her home along with her husband.

Earlier, three 'victims' who were produced in the court as witnesses had turned hostile. Kamalendu Talukdar had earlier stated that Padhi, during his posting in Srinagar from 2005 to 2008, was living alone. However, today he said that DIG's wife used to go to Delhi, because she was unwell.

The Special CBI court was to examine three more witnesses, who were booked on charges of causing miscarriage without a woman's consent. Two witnesses were produced and examined in Court, however, Sabina's husband Abdul Hamid Bullah did not appear. As a result, the court adjourned the case till November 22.

After the scandal surfaced in Jammu and Kashmir in 2006, a case was registered. On September 4, 2006, it was shifted to the Chandigarh sessions Court. The then district and sessions judge framed charges on March 21, 2007, against four people. The case filed against those who were booked on charges of rape is still pending adjudication.

Ghulam Ahmed Mir, sitting MLA and former minister, Raman Mattoo, former MLA and minister, and Mohammad Iqbal Khandey, IAS, were charged under the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, and were acquitted on September 30, 2012. Sabina and her husband were accused of rape.

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