J&K minister resigns over doctor’s molestation charge

On Thursday evening, police had registered a case against MoS Health for allegedly making sexual advances towards a doctor.

Srinagar | Updated: February 8, 2014 1:59 am

Jammu and Kashmir’s Minister of State for health Shabir Ahmad Khan resigned Friday, a day after a doctor alleged he made sexual advances towards her. Khan has been asked to appear before the police in Srinagar, where a case was registered on Thursday evening.

Congress state vice-president Ghulam Nabi Monga said the party asked the minister to resign. “The party wants an inquiry to be conducted against him without any delay,’’ he said, adding Khan had sent his resignation to the CM. Omar Abdullah tweeted, “I have received the resignation of the Minister of State for Health Shabir Khan and am forwarding the same to the Governor (N N Vohra) for acceptance.” Vohra accepted his resignation.

Khan’s arrest now appears imminent as the HC in Jammu declined his bail application. His counsel had Friday morning moved the HC division bench, seeking permission to file a bail application at the Jammu wing of the court, but his request was rejected as the police had registered a case against him in the Valley. The offence is non-bailable.

Sources said there was a possibility that Khan would now surrender before the Srinagar police or move another bail application in a Srinagar court Saturday. Khan left Rajouri early Friday. He was unavailable for comment.

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