Former Jammu and Kashmir minister Shabir Ahmad Khan will face trial in a sexual harassment case filed against him by a lady doctor.
“There is sufficient material to presume that accused has committed offence under section 354, 509 RPC and ground exists for holding trial against him,” Chief Judicial Magistrate Srinagar V S Bhou said.
The court observed that the concluding lines of statement of victim specifically pinpoint the allegations, which fall within the ambit of Sections 354 and 509 RPC.
The woman doctor had alleged that Khan, the then Minister of State for Health, “acted like a sexual predator” and tried to molest her in his office at Winter Secretariat here on January 28 last year.
If found guilty, Khan, a former MLA from Rajouri, faces five years in prison and fine under section 354 RPC while section 509 RPC provides for punishment with imprisonment of three years and fine if he is found guilty of these offences.
Khan had resigned as MoS Health on February 7, 2014, a day after police registered the case against him on a complaint by the doctor. He evaded arrest for six day and appeared before the investigators only after the High court granted conditional interim bail to him in the case.