J&K Sex Racket: Accused Files Bail Plea
14 June 2006
The Times of India
Srinagar: A Jammu and Kashmir police official and a senior BSF officer, arrested by the CBI for their alleged involvement in the sex racket, have moved bail applications in a court. While Deputy Superintendent of Police Mohammad Ashraf Mir's wife filed a bail application in the court of the chief judicial magistrate on behalf of her husband on Wednesday, an advocate moved a bail application on behalf of BSF Deputy Inspector General KS Padhi in the court on Tuesday. The court fixed June 16 and 19 for hearing the bail applications of Mir and Padhi respectively and asked the CBI to file its objections by the date of hearing. Mir's wife had earlier applied for his bail in the High Court after the division bench monitoring the CBI probe into the sex racket barred any lower court from granting bail to the accused unless the matter was brought to its notice. Nine people, including Sabeena, the alleged kingpin of the racket, have been arrested so far in connection with the racket that sparked widespread protests across the Kashmir Valley last month. The chief judicial magistrate has the authority to issue bail. The High Court has only directed that it should get prior information in case bail is granted, Assistant Solicitor General and CBI counsel Shabir A Naik said.