The machinery of justice has “collapsed completely,” former Jammu and Kashmir’s former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti said today after one of those convicted in the Kathua rape case in 2018 was released on bail by a Punjab court.
On December 21, the High Court of Punjab and Haryana suspended the remaining sentence and jail term of dismissed Police Sub-Inspector Anand Dutta and ordered his release after providing bail.
“Puzzled that the police officer convicted of destroying evidence in the Kathua rape case has been released on bail and his prison term suspended.” When a child raped and clubbed to death is deprived of justice, it becomes evident that the wheels of justice have completely collapsed, ”Ms. Mufti tweeted.
The eight-year-old girl was raped and murdered in J&K district of Kathua in January 2018 and the verdict was delivered on June 10, 2019 by a court in Pathankot, Punjab, where the case was remanded by order of the court. supreme.
The court sentenced six people, including the main defendant Sanji Ram, fired special police officers Deepak Khajuria and Parvesh Kumar, who were sentenced to life imprisonment. Three sacked police officers Anand Dutta, Tilak Raj and Surender Verma were sentenced to five years in prison for tampering with material evidence.
Dutta has already served more than half of his sentence, while the sentence of co-accused Tilak Raj was also suspended on December 16 by the High Court of Punjab and Haryana.