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Former Guj HC judge to head inquiry in Naliya gang-rape case

Press Trust of India  |  Gandhinagar 

The today announced formation of a commission of inquiry to probe alleged gang-rape of a woman in Naliya town of district in which four members are among the accused.

Minister of State for Home Pradeepsinh Jadeja told the that A L Dave, former judge of High who had served as an acting Chief Justice, would head the commission. "People can approach the commission to make representations," he said.

Raghavji Patel however objected as his party had sought inquiry by a sitting judge. Why the opted for a retired judge, the asked.

The minister said it was difficult to get a sitting judge. "Looking at the current strength of judges, it was very unlikely that we get a sitting judge to head the inquiry. To avoid delay in providing justice to the victim, we decided to go ahead with a retired judge," he said.

Last month, as MLAs took up the issue, Chief Minister had assured that a judicial inquiry would be held.

A 24 years old married woman filed an FIR in Naliya in January this year alleging that she was raped by at least nine persons on several occasions a year ago.

The accused made a video of the act and blackmailed her, she said. They were running a sex racket in district and had victimised other women too, she told the police.

A Special Investigation Team of police has so far arrested eight persons including four local members who were suspended from the party after the case came to light.

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First Published: Thu, March 16 2017. 19:43 IST