Shimla: The special judge (POCSO) Shimla, on Wednesday, pronounced conviction of an accused in the infamous Gudiya rape-murder case.

The 16-year-old girl was murdered after being raped in 2017.

The accused Anil Kumar alias Neelu amid the Covid pandemic was presented through virtual hearing from the prison.

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After hearing the arguments of both sides, the special session judge convicted Nilu u/s 302, 376-A, 376(2) (I) of IPC and Section 4 of POCSO Act in a case related to rape and murder of a minor girl (at Kotkhai, Himachal Pradesh). 

The arguments on quantum of sentence is scheduled for May 11, 2021 by the Court. 

CBI had registered a case on July 22, 2017 on the orders dated July 19, 2017 passed in CWPIL No. 88 of 2017 of High Court of Himachal Pradesh and taken over the investigation of the case, earlier registered vide FIR NO 97/2017, u/sections 302, 376 of IPC & section 4 of POSCO Act at Police Station Kotkhai, District. Shimla (Himachal Pradesh) on the allegations of rape and murder of a 16-year-old minor girl in the forest of Halaila, Kotkhai, District Shimla.

Six persons were arrested by the local police in the case.

After thorough investigation, CBI filed a chargesheet in the court of Special Judge (POCSO), Shimla against accused Anil Kumar. The role of said 6 accused arrested by the state police were not allegedly found.

After considering all the oral, documentary scientific, medical and circumstantial evidence on record, the Trial Court found the said accused guilty and convicted him.

CBI had arrested him on April 13, 2018 on the basis of DNA report and claimed that Nilu who worked as a Charani had raped Gudiya and brutally murdered her.