Kathua rape-murder: Arrested cops move High Court for a CBI probe

Jammu: Two cops, accused of rape and murder of the eight year Kathua girl have moved the Jammu and Kashmir High Court seeking a fresh CBI inquiry into the matter, reported the Press Trust of India.

Sub-Inspector Anand Dutta and Special Police Officer (SPO) Deepak Khajuria were arrested for allegedly destroying evidence related to the rape and killing of an eight-year-old girl in the state’s Kathua district.

A petition was filed in the high court in this regard yesterday by their counsel Veenu Gupta. The petitioners pleaded that the crime branch probe be quashed as it had been shifted on three occasions from the local police to it, and finally to a Special Investigation Team (SIT).

“It is strange that a policeman, who was involved in a rape and murder case a few years ago and evaded arrest for three years despite being an officer,” was a member of the SIT, the petition said.

“The officer’s subsequent acquittal in a trial court for lack of evidence is a matter of record,” it said.

Despite the sensitivity of the case, he is member of the probe panel, the petitioners said, while pleading for a fresh CBI probe in the case. The petition said there were “huge differences” in the post mortem and forensic reports and stated that the crime branch probe was “incorrect”.

The petitioners also objected to the crime branch findings that the girl was kept at a Devasthan and alleged that the SIT had tampered and planted evidence.

They also alleged that the main aim of the probe was to facilitate encroachment of government land by tribal people.
The body of the girl, from a minority community, was recovered from a forest in Kathua on January 17, a week after she went missing.

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