Ex-MoS Health Shabir Khan charged in molestation case

Srinagar: Former Minister of State for Health and senior Congress leader Shabir Ahmad Khan, who has been accused of attempting to sexually assault a lady doctor here earlier this year, was on Thursday chargesheeted by police.
Khan, who is Congress’s star complainer for Parliamentary elections, has been charged 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).
The chargesheet was filed by the police before the Chief Judicial Magistrate Srinagar, said Chief Prosecuting Officer Afaq Ahmad.
As the chargesheet was filed in his absence, the court has summoned Khan to appear before it on May 6. In this regard, the court asked the Deputy Inspector General of Police concerned to serve the summons on Khan.
The development comes few days after Supreme Court issued a notice to Khan on a petition filed the lady doctor, challenging bail granted to him by J&K High Court.
Khan, a sitting MLA from Rajouri constituency in the 87-member state Legislative Assembly, had resigned as MoS Health on February 7, a day after police registered the case FIR (No. 09/2014) under RPC sections of 354 and 509 based on a complaint by the doctor.
Even as the CJM 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.
The lady doctor had said that Khan “acted like a sexual predator” and tried to molest her in his office at Winter Secretariat here on January 28.
Khan, according to the FIR registered at Shaheed Gunj police station, had allegedly forced the doctor to meet him at his Srinagar office on the pretext of seeking details about funds sought by her for a health centre from Indian Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad during his visit to the health centre where the doctor worked as medical officer.
The former minister had suggested the doctor to seek Rs 20 crore instead of Rs 20 lakh for the health centre, and gave her his number.
Besides asking her opinion about him, Khan according to the FIR, asked her whether she had served kahwa (green tea) to the guests during Azad’s visit to health the centre.
Khan, the FIR says, told her that she should visit him at the Circuit House and serve him Kehwa there.
The last question of visiting the guest house was objectionable to tilt, the FIR says.
“(I) got up and opened the door. At the same time the minister made provocative advances and tried to molest (me). However (I) managed to run away from the room. The whole episode lasted for 10-15 minutes,” she had said as per the FIR, adding, “While the minister’s office is office of trust, the minister acted like a sexual predator. The incident has not only affected (my) person but that of (my) soul.”