Molestation Case: Court Grants Interim Bail To Former Minister Shabir Khan

Molestation Case: Court Grants Interim Bail To Former Minister Shabir Khan

12 February 2014
India Today
Ashwani Kumar

Srinagar: Shabir Ahmad Khan, former MoS Health of Jammu and Kashmir, facing charges of sexual assault on a woman doctor on Wednesday heaved a sigh of relief after he was granted interim bail by Jammu and Kashmir High Court in Srinagar. Justice Janak Raj Kotwal, accepted the arguments of the council of the accused advocate B.S. Slathia, and issued the bail orders in Khan's favour. It may be recalled that senior Congress leader and former health minister, Shabir Ahmed Khan was evading arrest since a case of molestation was registered against him in police station Shahid Gunj, Srianagar, under FIR No 9-2014 and under sections 354 and 509. Shabir Khan is accused of molesting a lady doctor in his office chamber in Srinagar. He resigned a day after the registration of the case. Police had rushed a special team to Jammu to arrest Khan, but it could not succeed even after conducting raids at a number of places in Jammu and Rajouri. Legislative Assembly Speaker Mubarak Gul too had recently given his consent to arrest MLA, Rajouri. PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti has also demanded his arrest immediately and compared his case with Tarun Tejpal case. She alleged that if Tarun Tejpal has been arrested, then why Kashmir police is not arresting Shabir Khan, former health minister. BS Slathia said that HC has granted conditional interim to Shabir Khan and directed him to present himself before the investigation officer of Shaheed Gunj police station, Srinagar by Thursday evening. Shabir Khan will not be arrested by the investigating officer and if he arrests him, Khan should be released on bail of Rs.25,000. HC order said that former health minister can not leave the Srinagar district without the permission of investigating officer. HC order further said that he will not leave state jurisdiction till investigation completed and case will come up before court on Tuesday.