Defence lawyer Sawhney seeks CBI probe into harassment allegations
STATE TIMES NEWS
PATHANKOT: The Pathankot District and Sessions Court, which is hearing the Kathua rape and murder case, on Monday referred a complaint of harassment by one of the accused to Jammu and Kashmir’s Director General of Police.
The Court moved the complaint by Parvesh Kumar, alias Mannu, to the DGP after the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Crime Branch denied the allegations of torture levelled against them.
After receiving affidavits from SIT members, giving reply to Mannu’s allegations, Judge Tejwinder Singh said the complaint was forwarded to the DGP, who was at liberty to get it investigated from any officer of his choice as the offence is alleged to have been committed outside the premises and jurisdiction of the Pathankot Court.
With these observations, the Judge dismissed the plea of the complainant, Advocate A K Sawhney said, adding “The application has been referred to the DGP and he will inquire into it.”
Talking to reporters, Advocate Sawhney sought CBI inquiry into the incident of harassment of one of the accused.
“The State can easily order this inquiry,” he said.
Mannu, who claimed to be a minor, had alleged that he had been subjected to torture on June 22 and 23 and forced into signing a statement before a Magistrate.
Mannu is one of eight, including a minor, accused of raping and killing an eight-year-old girl in Kathua District this January.
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