The CBI court on Wednesday pronounced its judgment in the 12-year-old Jammu and Kashmir sex scandal, holding five accused, including former DIG and DSP, guilty of rape and acquitting two. The quantum of sentence will be delivered on June 4.
Those held guilty are former BSF deputy inspector general KS Padhi, former deputy superintendent of police Mohammad Ashraf Mir, and three locals, namely, Shabbir Ahmed Laway, Shabbir Ahmed Langhoo and Masud Ahmed.
Mehraj ud din Malik and Anil Sethi, a former additional advocate general of Jammu and Kashmir, have been acquitted.
The scandal surfaced in the heart of Srinagar in 2006 after a pornographic CD involving a 15-year-old was handed over to the police, bringing to light a flesh trade racket and implicating a host of VVIPs in the state.
The police questioned the two girls and the alleged kingpin, Sabeena. After grilling them, they discovered the names of 56 people allegedly involved in the racket. Sabeena and her husband, Abdul Hamid Bullah, who were running a brothel, were subsequently booked.
The couple, however, died of natural causes during the pendency of the case.
The scandal had led to the resignation of the then J-K chief minister Omar Abdullah in 2009 after he was accused of being involved in the case.