Kathua Rape Case: CBI FIles Supplementary Chargesheet, Says Victim Was Overdosed With Sedatives

| August 7 , 2018 , 13:00 IST

Jammu and Kashmir Crime Branch on Monday filed a supplementary chargesheet before a Pathankot Court in the Kathua rape and murder case.

According to the chargesheet filed in the court, the eight-year-old girl who was gang-raped and killed was overdosed with a cocktail of sedatives through her captivity, rendering her incapacitated to resist sexual assault and murder.

According to media reports, Senior Superintendent of Jammu and Kashmir Police (Crime Branch) R K Jalla, accompanied by Special Public Prosecutor J K Chopra and other lawyers, submitted the charge sheet before District and Sessions Judge Tejwinder Singh.

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Special Prosecutor JK Chopra told the media, “We have submitted the supplementary charge sheet, giving details of call analyses, bank details and medical reports.”

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Media reports further said that the charge sheet states that during the course of the investigation it was established that the victim, during her captivity, was given sedatives by the accused. It adds that she was given 'mannar' and Epitril 0.5 mg on an empty stomach

The medical report submitted along with the supplementary charge sheet said, “She was forcefully administered five tablets of Clonazepam of 0.5 mg each on 11 January 2018, which is higher than the safe therapeutic dose. Subsequently, more tablets were given...The signs and symptoms of an overdose may include drowsiness, confusion, impaired coordination, slow reflexes, slowed or stopped breathing, coma (loss of consciousness) and death.”

The chargesheets further suggested that the expert opinion coupled with other evidence that has come on record prima-facie establishes that the victim child was continuously administered an overdose of Clonazepam (Epitril) rendering her incapacitated to resist rape and murder."

The Conviction

The Jammu and Kashmir Crime Branch has arrested custodian of a temple where the child was allegedly confined, his son Vishal and his juvenile nephew, two special police officers Deepak Khajuria alias ‘Dipu’ and Surender Verma and friend Parvesh Kumar alias Mannu.

All of them were named in the first charge sheet on April 9. It also arrested head constable Tilak Raj and sub-inspector Anand Dutta, who allegedly took Rs 4 lakh from Ram and destroyed crucial evidence. Raj and Dutta have since been dismissed from service.

Supreme Court Supervision

Earlier this month, the investigation agency informed the Supreme Court that it would be submitting a supplementary charge sheet in the case. The bench, comprising Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justices D Y Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra, had on July 9 given the CBI, eight weeks to file the document.

The district and sessions court in Pathankot framed charges of rape and murder against the seven accused in the case on June 8, after the Supreme Court transferred the case from Kathua on a plea of victim’s family. Ram, considered the main accused, is alleged to have plotted the conspiracy with the other accused for kidnapping the girl as part of a strategy to remove the minority nomadic community from the area.