J&K sex scandal: 5 convicts get 10-year jail terms

Chandigarh, June 6 (IANS) Five people, including an ex-Border Security Force Deputy Inspector General and a Deputy Superintendent of Police, were on Wednesday sentenced to 10 years in jail by a special court here in the infamous sex scandal that rocked the state in 2006.

Those convicted and sentenced include former BSF DIG K.C. Padhi, former DSP of Jammu and Kashmir Police Mohammad Ashraf Mir, and three others.

The sex scandal came to light in 2006 after the police recovered some video CDs of minor Kashmiri girls being sexually exploited by the police officials, ministers and other influential people.

The court, while convicting five people on May 30, had acquitted two persons named in the scandal, former Additional Advocate General Anil Sethi and Mehrajudin Malik.

The kingpin of the scandal, Sabeena, and her husband died during trial.

The then Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad had handed over the case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

CBI investigations had found 56 people allegedly involved in the racket.

The CBI investigation found influential people, including ministers and others, also linked to the scandal.

The Supreme Court had transferred the case to Chandigarh later in 2006.

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