//DSP arrested in Srinagar sex scandal case

DSP arrested in Srinagar sex scandal case

The CBI is now focusing on a DIG of the BSF and a lawyer who have been avoiding an identification parade citing various reasons

PTI

Srinagar: The CBI on Sunday arrested Deputy Superintendent of Police Ashraf Mir in connection with the sex racket in J&K, taking the total number of arrests to eight, agency sources said.

Mir, one of 11 persons accused by 15-year-old girl Yasmeena of raping her, was arrested soon after he was identified by the girl during two Test Identification Parades (TIPs) in Srinagar. The also gave details of the two instances when Mir allegedly raped her, they said.

The agency is now focusing on a DIG in the BSF and a noted lawyer who are avoiding a TIP despite two notices issued by the CBI.

The CBI may go ahead and place them under arrest if they continue with their ‘delaying tactics’, the sources said.

While the DIG had informed the CBI that he was posted in the Northeast, the DSP reported sick and the lawyer, who is a son of a former judge, met CBI officials earlier last month who asked him to appear for a TIP the next day.

However, he never returned for the test.

Yasmeena had accused 11 persons of raping her. Seven of these persons had appeared in a TIP and she identified four of them.

The girl, who recently recorded her statement before a judge appointed by the Jammu and Kashmir High Court, also named another 20 people who used to visit the house of Sabeena, the alleged kingpin of the racket.

The TIP of these 20 people led to the identification of only three persons, the sources said.

The sex racket has caused a lot of uproar in the state, with political parties accusing each other about the involvement of their members in the scandal. However, Yasmeena named no politician in her statement to the CBI that was made before a judge, the sources said.

Eight persons, including Sabeena, have been arrested so far by the state police and CBI in connection with the racket that triggered widespread protests in Srinagar last month.

About Sabeena's role in the racket, the sources said the CBI had approached a local magistrate for an order to record her statement, as she is currently in judicial custody.

The high court has directed the CBI to complete recording Sabeena's statement by the next hearing on June 6.

During its last hearing, the HC had asked the CBI director to be present on June 6 to apprise it of the agency's future course of action in the case.

Dissatisfied with the speed of investigation, the court said, “We have perused the case diary produced by the investigating officer. We find the investigation is not going on at the desired speed. The investigating officer of CBI has expressed certain practical difficulties.”