Former J&K Health Minister Shabir Ahmad Khan, who has been evading arrest, has been told by the J&K High Court to present himself before the Investigating Officer (IO) on Thursday.
The court also directed that Khan shall be granted bail. Khan, a Congress legislator from Rajouri, had submitted a bail plea through his lawyer.
“In the meantime, as interim, the petitioner (Khan) shall appear before the Investigating Officer at the concerned police station by tomorrow (Thursday) evening.
The petitioner shall offer himself for the investigation/ interrogation at the concerned police station by tomorrow evening”, the court said. “In case the IO arrests the petitioner, he shall be released on furnishing personal bonds”.
J&K Police had registered an offence against Khan after a doctor alleged that he made sexual advances at her after he called her to his office in Srinagar’s Civil Secretariat. He had resigned last week.
In his bail plea, Khan pleaded he had “never succumbed to politics of separatism”.
Khan’s lawyer B S Salathia argued the allegations against Khan was false. He termed the allegation a conspiracy by separatists.
Justice Janak Raj Kotwal barred Khan from leaving Srinagar without informing the IO. “The petitioner shall not leave territorial jurisdiction of Srinagar or J&K without permission of the IO till final disposal of his application,” the interim judgment reads. The case is listed for final orders for February 18.
The doctor’s lawyer Bashir Ahmad Bashir opposed the bail plea. Bashir argued the Supreme Court has directed courts not to show leniency in such cases.
Khan had gone into hiding after police registered a case against him. Assembly Speaker Mubarak Gul had given consent for Khan’s arrest but police which conducted raids in Jammu could not trace him.
BJP leaders Prabhat Jha, Shahnawaz Hussain and Krishnapal Gujar also addressed a number of rallies.