News Desk, Amar Ujala, Chandigarh
Published by: Ajay Kumar
Updated to Friday, 17 December 2021 7:34 PM IST
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has suspended the sentence of accused Tilak Raj in the Kathua rape case. An eight-year-old girl was abducted on January 10, 2018 in Kathua and her body was found on January 17. The sessions court in Pathankot convicted six accused in the case.
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The main conspirators in the case, Sanjee Ram, Parvesh Kumar and police officer Deepak Khajuria, were sentenced to life imprisonment. Police officer Surendra Sharma, Chief Constable Tilak Raj and SI Anand Dutta were sentenced to five years each. Against this sentence, Constable Tilak Raj filed an appeal in the High Court, which was upheld.
Now Tilak Raj has demanded that the sentence be stayed as the appeal is pending. The petitioner sought that orders be issued suspending his sentence in such a case as he had already served 2 years 9 months imprisonment. The Government of Jammu and Kashmir opposed the demand that the release of the petitioner would lead to a security crisis. The High Court dismissed the Government’s contention that the petitioner was on parole for 9 months and then the issue did not arise. However, the petitioner will not be denied relief for fear of disturbing the peace.
This is the case
An eight-year-old girl was abducted on January 10, 2018 in Kathua and her body was found on January 17. Many dharnas and demonstrations took place as the body was found in a decomposed state. After this, the police filed a 15-page charge sheet in which the big things were revealed. Seeing the growing controversy in the case, he was sent for trial in Pathankot in Punjab outside Jammu and Kashmir. Following this, the Pathankot District Court convicted seven of the eight and sentenced them to death.