Sex Racket Case; NC Demands Trial On Daily Basis
18 October 2007
Srinagar: Opposition National Conference today demanded daily trial in the sex scandal case that rocked Jammu and Kashmir last year. 'There should be daily trial in the sex scandal case so as justice is done to the accused,' NC patron and former Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah told reporters here. 'There should be daily trial or two to three sitting in a week for an expeditious settlement of the case,' he said when asked why the party had maintained a silence on the racket. Without naming anyone, he said 'there is a group of people...Who are behind all this. What did we achieve after unearthing the case. The accused were chargesheeted and the case was moved to Chandigarh'. 'I feel sad when lawyers here refused to take up the cases of the accused. Everybody has a right to defend himself. A man accused of murder is allowed to defend himself why not in this instant case? Abdullah asked. However, he said two ministers involved in the scandal and released on bail should not have entered the assembly unless proved innocent. Eighteen people, including former ministers Ghulam Ahmad Mir and Raman Matto, senior IAS officer Iqbal Khanday, DIG BSF K C Padhi, Two Dy SPs of state police and the alleged kingpin of the scandal Sabeena have been arrested in connection with the case and are facing trial at a Chandigarh court.