Jammu: The Speaker of state Legislative Assembly Monday said allegations of sexual assault against former Minister of State for Health Shabir Ahmad Khan were of serious nature and law should take its course in the matter.
At the same time, the speaker Mubarak Gul kept open the option of allowing Khan, a senior congress leader, to join the proceedings from jail.
Talking to reporters, the speaker said that a police team approached him with a request for allowing cops to execute arrest warrant—issued by Chief Judicial Magistrate Srinagar against Khan in connection with case of sexual assault on the lady doctor.
“I told them (police) you go according to law,” Gul told reporters on the opening day of the Budget Session of the Assembly here.
“The Dy SP and SHO of the area (under whose operational area the alleged crime took place), had come to me Sunday with the warrant,” he said, adding that they “delivered a copy of the warrant in my office and sought written permission”.
It is mandatory for police to inform the Speaker with regard to the arrest of any member, he said.
The Speaker also said that he might consider allowing Khan to join the assembly proceedings if such a request was made by Khan, an MLA from Rajouri.
“If we see in past one or two legislatures were allowed to attend the Assembly Session who were brought from jails to attend the proceedings. And if he (Khan), requests to attend the session I may consider it,” Gul told reporters when asked whether Khan could attend the ongoing Budget session.
Gul, however, said that the allegations against the Khan are very serious and “a matter of grave concern.”
Khan’s seat number 60 remained vacant in the Legislative Assembly when Gul laid the governor’s address delivered to the members of both the houses of state Legislature. The lower house was subsequently adjourned for the day by the Speaker.