J&K sex scandal: Another witness retracts statement

In a jolt to the prosecution in the J&K sex scandal case, a 25-year-old woman has retracted in a CBI special court her statement that she was exploited by five accused persons, including a former state minister.

Last Updated: Jan 19, 2011, 14:34 PM IST

Chandigarh: In a jolt to the prosecution
in the Jammu and Kashmir sex scandal case, a 25-year-old woman
has retracted in a CBI special court her statement that she
was exploited by five accused persons, including a former
state minister.

In her deposition before the court yesterday, she said
she was never been exploited and that she had never made such
allegations.

The woman`s testimony has come as a jolt to the
prosecution which has charged five persons in the 2006 case,
including Raman Mattoo, a former Jammu and Kashmir minister
who is facing allegations of sexually exploiting girls when
they approached him for jobs.

Mattoo is charged under Section 5 of the Act
(procuring, inducing person for sale for the purpose of
prostitution) along with Iqbal Khandey, Principal Secretary
(Planning) and former Additional Advocate General Anil Sethi.
Former Pattan DSP Mohd Ashraf Mir was also accused of
supplying call girls.

Sources said that the DSP was allegedly identified by
the victim during the identification parade. He is facing
charges under provisions of Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act.

Mohd Yousif Mir, former DSP (counter insurgency,
Kashmir) has been accused of sourcing call girls for officials
and politicians and is also facing trial under the Act.

CBI sources said that the victim had alleged that she
was sexually exploited by all these accused.

Sabeena, the alleged kingpin of the racket, used to
allegedly get between Rs 1,500 to Rs 2,500 from the accused
and after retaining her commission, she used to pay the
victim.

The woman told the court the documents she signed were
blank and she was not aware of the content of statements that
bore her signature.

The case will now come up for further hearing on
February 15.

On Monday, another witness, a 45-year-old constable in
the Jammu and Kashmir Police had turned hostile giving a clean
chit to Mattoo.

Initially, she had alleged that Mattoo in 2004 had
called her to his home and sexually assaulted her promising a
job for her son.

PTI