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Govt will cooperate with CBI in Kotkhai rape case: HP Law Minister

ANI  |  Dharamshala (Himachal Pradesh) [India] 

The will fully cooperate with the (CBI) in the rape case, said on Wednesday.

The said that maintaining and order is the top priority of the (BJP) led state

"The is committed to providing all assistance to the Maintaining and order is one of the top priorities of the government. Gudiya case is a blot on the face of Himachal Pradesh," Bhardwaj told ANI.

"had referred the case to the on the directions of the high court but created hurdles in the probe. We would like the should probe the case speedily and expose the real culprits," he added.

The Law Minister's comments came after the CBI filed an affidavit along with a fresh status report in the High Court on the sensational gangrape and of a minor girl in Shimla earlier this year.

The CBI in its report also expressed displeasure on non-cooperation of the in the case.

The court has fixed March 28 for further hearing in the matter.

Earlier, in November last year, the CBI had filed a charge-sheet in the case of custodial death of an accused in rape and case.

The case involves eight policemen, including of Police

The brutal gangrape and murder of a schoolgirl at in Shimla in July created a huge uproar in the state.

The 16-year-old victim was returning back from school when she went missing on July 4. Two days later, police recovered her body from of Kotkhai.

On July 13, six people were arrested on charges of rape and murder and five days later one of the accused- Suraj Singh, a Nepali national- died in police custody.

Other arrested accused are alias Raju, driver-cum-orchard manager; Ashish Chauhan, son of an orchardist; and Deepak (both from Uttrakhand) and Lokjan alias Chottu, who is a Nepali

Earlier in July, the High Court transferred the two cases to the CBI after the custodial death of came to light.

On August 29, the CBI arrested eight policemen, Zaidi, who was heading the Special Investigation Team probing the crime; Manoj Joshi; and former Station House Rajinder Singh, a Sub-Inspector; Deep Chand; head Constables- Surat Singh, Mohan Lal, and and

On November 16, the CBI summoned D W Negi, former of Police Shimla who was initially supervising the investigation in the rape and murder case before the setting up of a Special Investigation Team (SIT).

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First Published: Thu, January 11 2018. 07:45 IST