Srinagar, July 08: Demanding a fair trial, the fifteen accused in the infamous sex racket case, including two former Jammu and Kashmir ministers, today began an indefinite hunger strike inside the Central Jail here.
The accused stopped taking any food this morning alleging they were not getting a fair trial from the courts here. They also protested against the inability to get lawyers to defend them in the court of law.
Kashmir Bar Association has moved a resolution barring its members from representing the sex accused in the court as the association is a party to the case by virtue of having filed a public interest litigation in the state High Court.
Only former Minister Ghulam Ahmad Mir and former Additional Advocate General of Jammu and Kashmir Anil Sethi have the services of counsels representing them.
While Supreme Court lawyer H R Khan Suhel is the counsel for Mir, Sethi is represented by his brother Sunil.
Fifteen persons have so far been arrested by the CBI in connection with the case.
Besides Mir and Sethi, the arrested persons include another former Minister Raman Matoo, IAS officer M Iqbal Khanday, BSF DIG K S Padhi, two deputy superintendents of police Mohammad Ashraf Mir and Mohammad Yousuf Mir and alleged kingpin of the racket Sabeena.