Kathua rape-murder case:Court orders police to file FIR against SIT probe team members

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Srinagar

A court in Jammu on Tuesday directed the Jammu and Kashmir  police to register an FIR against six members of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) that probed the 2018 rape and murder of an eight-year-old Kathua girl for allegedly torturing and coercing witnesses to give false statements, said the media repots.

In the order dated 22 October and from the court of the judicial magistrate , the judge has allowed for a case to be filed against six policemen who have been identified as RK Jalla (Former SSP Crime Branch, Jammu), Peerzada Naveed (Additional Superintendent of Police Crime Branch, Jammu), Shwetambari Sharma (Deputy SP Crime Branch, Jammu), Nassir Hussain (Deputy SP Crime Branch Jammu) Urfan Wani (sub-inspector crime branch Jammu) and Kewal Kishore (crime branch).

The court order reads, “From the gist of the complaint, cognisable offences are made out against the members of the SIT.”

Reports said that Judicial Magistrate Prem Sagar gave the direction to senior superintendent of police (SSP) of Jammu on an application by Sachin Sharma, Neeraj Sharma and Sahil Sharma.

“From the gist of the complaint cognizable offences are made out against the non-applicants herein.Therefore, application of the applicant under section 153 (3) CrPc is allowed with the direction to SSP Jammu to register FIR against the non-applicants under relevant provisions of law and report compliance by next date of hearing on November 11,” it said.

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