The accused Anil Kumar was very clever as he never left any footprints -- digital or otherwise -- on his whereabouts, due to which the CBI kept its operation a total secret.
According to the CBI, it wasn't a gang-rape as only one person identified as Anil Kumar found involved in the crime.
The Kotkhai rape and murder case accused, who was arrested by Central Bearau of Investigation (CBI), has been sent to judicial custody till May 7.
A 16-year-old girl had gone missing after school hours on July 4, 2017 from Haliala forest in the Kotkhai area of Shimla district and her naked body was found two days later.
The Himachal Pradesh Police had arrested six suspects in the case, one of whom died in its custody.
No decision could be made on taking the voice samples of the accused and the matter was also deferred till December 19 as no advocate of the accused party appeared in the court.
On July 13, six people were arrested on charges of rape and murder of the 16-year-old and five days later one of the accused- Suraj Singh, a Nepali national- died in police custody.
The court is also likely to hear the CBI's plea seeking permission on voice sampling test of the accused on November 25. This was deferred after the lawyer of the accused did not appear.
The CBI today arrested D W Negi, a former Superintendent of Police of Shimla, taking the number of arrests to nine in the sensational Kotkhai rape case that rocked Himachal Pradesh.
Himachal Pradesh: CBI court rejects bail plea of IGP in custodial death of accused in Kotkhai minor rape and murder case
Suraj Singh, an accused in the rape-and-murder case, was killed allegedly by another accused in the case at Kotkhai police station on the intervening night of July 18 and 19.
The police remand was first extended till September 7, and then they were sent to judicial custody till September 20.
Kotkhai rape-murder case: Himachal Pradesh HC orders SIT, other officials to file affidavit by August 24
The 16-year-old girl had gone missing after school hours on July 4 from the Haliala forest in the Kotkhai area of Simla district.