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HC Grants Relief to J and K 'Molester' MLA

Absconding Congress legislator and former J&K Minister of State for Health Shabir Ahmad Khan, who was booked for allegedly molesting a lady doctor, was on Wednesday granted relief by the High Court, which directed the police to release him on a personal bond if arrested.

Published: 13th February 2014 08:02 AM  |   Last Updated: 13th February 2014 08:02 AM   |  A+A-

Absconding Congress legislator and former J&K Minister of State for Health Shabir Ahmad Khan, who was booked for allegedly molesting a lady doctor, was on Wednesday granted relief by the High Court, which directed the police to release him on a personal bond if arrested.

“In case the accused is arrested, he should be granted bail on a personal bond of `25,000,” the court said and slammed the state police over its failure to nab the legislator.

The order was passed by Justice Janak Raj Kotwal following a bail application moved by Khan.

Besides, the court directed the MLA to present himself before the Investigating Officer in the case. The presiding judge also ordered Khan not to leave the city limits without obtaining prior permission from the police. “In any case, he should not leave the state,” it said.

According to Justice Kotwal, although a case was registered against the accused for a cognisable offence, he could have been arrested without wasting time.

Police teams have been sent to various parts of the state for apprehending the fugitive MLA.

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