‘Molestation’ case: Court directs expediting probe against DHSK, others

Srinagar: A local court on Tuesday directed police to expedite its investigation into the complaint of sexual assault by a nurse, even as the investigator revealed that “no solid or concrete evidence” has been found so far which corresponds to allegations leveled against Director Health Services Kashmir (DHSK) and three other officers.
As soon as the hearing in the complaint filed by the nurse started before Chief Judicial Magistrate Srinagar Virender Singh Bhou, the Investigating Officer of the case filed the status report in compliance to the directions by the court.
The IO revealed that despite “best efforts”, no concrete or solid evidence has been found so far which links to the allegations leveled by the nurse.
Based on evidence collected so far and CCTV footage of DHSK office, he said, no substance was found in the allegations by nurse, posted in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district.
The police officer said that he has also gone through details of tour diary and logbook of Chief Medical Officer Anantnag, one of the accused, from June 1 to June 10.
He said that there was no evidence found which corresponds to the allegations by the nurse that the CMO visited Ashmuqam on June 2 and called her to visit the office of DHSK.
However, he said, call detail records and mobile tower locations have been sought from respective telecom companies in this regard.
Later in its order the CJM observed that report filed by the IO indicates that steps have been taken for expediting the investigation to its logical conclusion.
“The IO is directed to take steps to expedite the investigation and record any evidence produced,” the court said and posted the case for further consideration in the second week of July.
In the complaint, the nurse has named Dr Saleem-ur-Rehman (DHSK); Dr Nazir Shadad (CMO Anantnag); Dr Arshid Tak (BMO Sallar); and Dr Ashraf (Incharge Medical Superintendent Seer Anantnag) as the accused.
The nurse has also pleaded that the FIR against the accused has not been registered under the sections warranted as per her complaint.
“The contents of the complaint disclose Section 376 (punishment for offence of rape) read with Section 511 (punishment for attempting to commit offences punishable with imprisonment for life or other imprisonment), 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation), 354 RPC (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and also 501 of RPC,” she has said and accused the IO for diluting her complaint by booking the accused in a “much lighter offence (section 354-A RPC).”
“The SHO appears to be under influence of the four accused,” she has said in the application filed before the court through her counsel advocate Ishtiyaq Ahmad Khan. She has also alleged that the IO has not been conducting the investigation in a fair and transparent manner.