Chief Judicial Magistrate, Srinagar, Rajiv Gupta on Saturday issued arrest warrant against former Health minister Shabir Ahmed Khan in sexual assault case. Khan was booked on molestation charges by the police following a complaint by a lady doctor in Srinagar.
The doctor, wife of a separatist leader, told police that the minister, who belongs to Congress, called her to his office for a briefing during which he allegedly made vulgar remarks and sexual advances.
A case was registered on Friday under Sec 354 RPC (assault or criminal force on a woman with the intention to outrage her woman) and Section 509 RPC (word, gesture or act intended to outrage the modesty of a woman) against him.
Official sources said a police team had been constituted to arrest the former minister. They said the team would soon leave for Jammu to arrest Khan who resigned on Friday.
Sources also said that the police had summoned Khan to present himself for investigations on Saturday and moved the court for an arrest warrant after he failed to appear.
The resignation of Shabir Khan at the time of elections has put Congress in the state on the back foot. The image of the party has received a set back not only in Kashmir but also in Jammu region.
Khan had moved an application on Friday for anticipatory bail in the Jammu wing of State High Court but it was rejected.
Kiran Bedi tried to establish her credentials as a secular, pro-women candidate.