Jammu : The J&K Assembly Speaker on Monday gave his consent to the police to arrest State’s Health Minister Shabir Khan, for alleged molestation charges, saying they should act according to law.

“Police had come with a warrant on Sunday for arrest of Khan. I told them you go according to law,” Speaker Mubarak Gul said. Asked whether police has sought his permission to arrest the sacked minister, he said, “It is not necessary that I will give permission but it is necessary to seek permission of the Assembly Speaker about the arrest of any member of this House.

“When the police came to my office with warrant, I told them you go according to law”, he said. Asked if the former minister has gone into hiding, he said, “It is not a question for the speaker to reply. You can go and ask government.”

The Dy SP and SHO of the area (under whose operational area the alleged crime took place), had come to me yesterday with the warrant, he said, adding that they “delivered acopy of the warrant in my office and sought written permission”.

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