With pressure mounting, the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly Speaker on Monday gave permission for the arrest of former health minister and sitting Congress MLA from Rajouri, Shabir Ahmed Khan in connection with the alleged molestation of a lady doctor.
“A police team led by a Deputy SP had approached me in the matter. I have told them to take action as per the law” said Speaker Mubarak Gul on the opening day of the budget session of state legislature.
This followed protests by opposition PDP and BJP members who even disrupted address of the Governor N N Vohra to joint session of both the Houses. Demanding arrest of the former minister in the alleged molestation case, the PDP raised slogans making the Governor abruptly cut short his address by nearly half an hour.
Outside the Legislative Assembly, both the PDP and BJP leaders in separate statements accused the state government of shielding Khan. “It is a scam and scandalous government,” said PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti.
Meanwhile, Shabir Khan who resigned last week following the registration of a police case in the wake of a lady doctor’s complaint accusing him of making advances amounting to molestation, continues to remain at large. The police, according to sources, raided various places in Jammu including his official residence, but they could not trace him.
The former minister, in a bid to evade arrest, had even approached the state high court seeking permission to file an application for pre-arrest bail before it at Jammu. However, his request was turned down by a division bench comprising Chief Justice M M Kumar and Justice D S Thakur.
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