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Kathua rape case: This is why court acquitted Vishal Janghotra

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A special court in Pathankot on Monday handed life term to three main accused and five-year jail for another three in the gruesome rape and murder of eight-year-old girl in Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir in January 2018. However, the court acquitted ‘master mind’ Sanjhi Ram’s son Vishal Jangotra of all charges for lack of evidence.

Interestingly, as per the charge-sheet filed by Jammu and Kashmir police, Vishal Jangotra was in the thick of the action in sexually assaulting the nomad girl and his father conspired to kill the girl in order to protect his son, as well as scare away the girl’s community from the area.

The police said the girl was abducted and held captive at a temple belonging to Sanji Ram for four days before being killed and disposed of in the nearby forest. The case sparked an outrage and assumed a communal colour. Social activists organised campaigns to raise funds to help the girl’s family to fight the case in court. (However, the girl’s father told the media that he did not receive any fund.)

At the same time, Sanji Ram’s family and associates accused the J&K police of slapping a false case against him. They also demanded a CBI investigation. In a political fall out, two BJP ministers in the Mehbooba Muft’s government were forced to resign for supporting the accused.

In March 2018, a Zee News expose showed that Vishal was in fact in Muzzafarnagar in Uttar Pradesh, where he was seen visiting ATMs at the time of crime by the CCTV cameras. Vishal had also produced a testimony to show that he was actually taking an exam in the Meerut Agriculture university during those days, reports said.

Apparently, the court has taken cognisance of these evidences while acquitting him. Then the question arises over the veracity of the charge-sheet filed by the J&K police.

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SC vacates interim protection to Mamata’s favourite cop in Sardha scam probe

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The Supreme Court today vacated the interim protection to former Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar in relation with the ongoing Saradha scam investigation. However, the court allowed him seven days to seek legal remedy.

The Bench comprising Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna directed the CBI to pursue the case in accordance with law.

The interim protection was granted to Kumar on February 12, against arrest by the CBI over his role in tampering with evidence in the Saradha Chit fund scam and the Rose Valley ponzi scam. He was heading the Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the scams.

The CBI had summoned Kumar for questioning on a few occasions claiming some documents relating to the scams found missing. On February 3, Kolkata Police detained a team of CBI officers who had gone to his residence to question him. Subsequently, he sat along West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on a Dharna (sit out protest) against the “misuse” of the CBI from the central government.

The next day, the CBI moved the Supreme Court, which directed Kumar to co-operate with the probe.

The Court had, however, barred the Central investigative agency from taking any coercive steps against Kumar and granted him protection from arrest. Now, the top court withdrawing the protection is seen as a huge set back to the Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal.