Court records statements

Statement of accused Reyaz Ahmad Nath to be recorded on April 16



Srinagar, Apr 10: With the conclusion of recording of statements of all the prosecution witnesses into the Srinagar acid attack case, the Principal Sessions Court here Wednesday closed the prosecution evidence and the case has been fixed for recording the statement of accused Reyaz Ahmad Nath on April 16.
The Principal Sessions Judge Srinagar Muhammad Shafi Khan closed the evidence in the case after prosecution produced the investigating officer DySP, Vishal Manhas as a witness, who was cross examined by the defence counsel at length. After closing the prosecution evidence, the court will record statement of the accused on April 16 under Section 342 of CrPC
Public prosecutor A A Teli informed the court that the statements of all the 16 prosecution witness have been recorded in the shortest possible period of nearly 45 days and it was possible only with the efforts and cooperation of SSP Srinagar and SDPO Sadder Police Station.  He said the crime was committed on January 2, 2013 and after police carried out the investigation, charge-sheet was filed in the Court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Srinagar who committed the case to Principal Sessions Court Srinagar for trial on February 19.
The Sessions Court decided to conduct the trial on Fast Track basis to conclude it in the shortest possible time.
After it was convinced prima-facie that charge was made out against the accused Reyaz Ahmad Nath for throwing acid on a woman in January this year, the Court had asked the prosecution to lead evidence in the case.
The Court has charged the accused under sections 307 (attempt to murder), 362 (causing damage to vital organ) 354 (Outrage of Modesty) of RPC.
On January 2, this year a mechanic, Reyaz Ahmad Nath allegedly sprinkled acid on the woman at Khanpora Bhagat after she declined his proposal. The woman lost eyesight in one of her eye due to the impact of acid. The victim’s family had alleged that the accused was stalking her for quite some time and had threatened her several times. Family of the girl had stated she was attacked on the fateful day at Parraypora, where she teaches in a preparatory school. “The accused snatched her belongings and assaulted her,” the family alleged.
Police Station Sadder registered an FIR under various Criminal Sections of RPC and after carrying out investigation filed charge-sheet in the Passenger Tax Court Srinagar.  The Court committed the case to Principal Sessions Court Srinagar.  The accused was defended by Advocate S S Razvi.

Lastupdate on : Wed, 10 Apr 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 10 Apr 2013 18:30:00 GMT
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