Molestation case: HC allows bail plea by Khan

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir High Court Tuesday allowed an application filed by former Minister of State for Health, Shabir Ahmad Khan, seeking the anticipatory bail in case of alleged molestation attempt on a lady doctor here.
Announcing his verdict, six days after reserving it for orders, a single bench of Justice Janak Raj Kotwal asked Khan, a senior Congress leader and sitting MLA from Poonch, to cooperate with the investigating officer in the case.
“While his interim bail has been made absolute, condition put by the court regarding his movement outside the state has been withdrawn,” Additional Advocate General R A Khan told Kashmir Reader.
However, he said, Khan has been directed to inform the investigation officer about his movement.
While granting him interim bail on February 12, the court said that Khan shall not in any case leave the territorial jurisdiction of the state till disposal of the anticipatory bail application.
Khan resigned as MoS Health on February 7, a day after police registered a case a case FIR (No. 09/2014) under RPC sections of 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) based on a complaint by the doctor.
Even as Chief Judicial Magistrate Srinagar Verinder Singh Bahu had issued arrested warrant against him, Khan remained in hiding for six days and appeared before the police only after interim bail was granted by the High Court.
Meanwhile, the victim is learnt to have decided to move Supreme Court against the High Court order allowing the bail application.