Budgam court acquits rape accused Gulzar 'Peer'

Greater Kashmir

Dar said court acquitted his client “with honor and soon after the order, he was released from the jail.”

The rape accused ‘faith-healer’ from Central Kashmir’s Budgam district Gulzar Ahmad Bhat alias Gulzar Peer—who was arrested by police on in May 2013—was acquitted by Sessions Judge Syed Tauqeer on Thursday.

While acquitting Bhat son Ghulam Qadir of Latter Chadur (Shamasabad) Khan Sahib, the judge stated “considering the oral as well as other evidence brought on record, it can be safely concluded that the prosecution has miserably failed to prove the guilt of the accused.”

Advocate Mushtaq Ahmed Dar represented the accused in the case.

 

Dar said court acquitted his client “with honor and soon after the order, he was released from the jail.”

Pertinently, Bhat was arrested in central Kashmir’s Budgam district in May 2013 after police received a complaint from at least four minor girls alleging that they have been repeatedly sexually-exploited during their stay at an institute run by Bhat.

 

The Sessions Judge Budgam had framed rape charges against the accused and said the case would be taken up on fast track basis.

 

The FIR vide number 40/2013 under section 376 RPC had been registered against the accused in police station Khansahab and from May 2013 he was behind the bars in Srinagar Central Jail.

CNS