Sub-Judge Convicted In Rape Case

JAMMU: In a rarest of the rare case in the history of judiciary, Presiding Officer Fast Track Court Khalil Choudhary on Thursday convicted suspended Sub-Judge Rajesh Kumar Abrol in a rape case.

According to the police case, on 12.01.2018, complainant laid a written report before Police Station Janipur to the extent that she hails from district Ramban and is presently putting up at Toll Post Nagrota, Jammu, with her minor daughter.

She was contesting a case and in this regard she met the accused through a lady namely Jyoti for seeking legal support. Later, the complainant started working in the house of accused in order to provide better education to her daughter. The accused promised her to pay Rs 5000 per month as salary. The accused even dissolved complainant’s marriage with her husband by getting divorce deed.

Thereafter, the accused solemnized marriage with her in his house at Roop Nagar in presence of PSO Ashok Jamwal, his friend Darshan Gupta and one Pandit from Doda. After one year of marriage with the accused the complainant came to know that accused has betrayed her by marrying her during the life time of wife namely Neetu Bala who was his second wife and first wife namely Surbhi was divorced by the accused.

Thereafter, a complaint was lodged with SSP Jammu and the matter was communicated to Registrar General of High Court of J&K where from, police concerned was directed to proceed in the matter under law. Accordingly, FIR No. 06 of 2018 for the commission of offences under Section 420 and 376 RPC was registered and investigation commenced.

On January 23, 2018 the accused surrendered before CJM Jammu and on the same day he was arrested. After completion of investigation accused was found to be involved for the commission of offence punishable under Sections 420 and 376/RPC. Since, the accused was Judicial Officer as such permission was sought from the High Court for presentation of challan.

After hearing APP Suresh Sharma for the prosecution whereas Advocate Prince Khanna for the accused, the Presiding Officer Khalil Choudhary observed, “persons of influence, keeping in view their reach, impact and authority they wield on the general public or the specific class to which they belong owe a duty and have to be more responsible they are expected to know and perceive the meaning of authority and law with experience and knowledge”, adding “it is reasonable to hold that they would be careful in their lives as the reasonable man’s test would always taken into consideration the maker.”

“The conclusion that emerges is that all the evidence on record unerringly point toward the guilt of the accused. There is a complete chain of events and facts to indicate that within all human probability the crime was committed by the accused and all the circumstances brought on record and established are consistent with the guilt of the accused and inconsistent with his innocence”, the court said, adding “it appears to be a squarely liable for commission of rape with the victim”.

“Thus, he is convicted for the offences under Section 420 and 376 (2) (K) RPC. The matter with regard to quantum of sentence will be heard on 23-10-2021,”the court said.

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