Srinagar- A court in Jammu and Kashmir's Anantnag district has directed police to investigate allegations of sexual exploitation and blackmailing levelled by some women against two people, including a BJP leader, officials said here Monday.
The court of Judicial Magistrate First Class has directed police in Kokernag area of the district to register a case and investigate the allegations of sexual exploitation against BJP leader Mohammad Sidiq Khan and Shahid Bhat, they said.
The court order said the complainants have apprehension that the accused persons are highly influential and may hamper or tamper with witnesses of the complainants.
It asked the present dispensation to do justice with regard to the alleged atrocities and condemnable acts committed by the accused.
Meanwhile, a BJP spokesman said the party would not become a hurdle in police investigation but extended support to Khan saying "we believe our leader is clean".
"Let police probe and get to the root of the allegations levelled against BJP leader Muhammmad Sidiq Khan about sexual exploitation. However, we believe our leader is clean and as a responsible party leader, he won't indulge anything that would defame the party," BJP spokesman Altaf Thakur said in a statement.
Corporator Held For Driving Stolen Vehicle
Meanwhile a BJP corporator from Srinagar was detained on Monday for questioning after he was found driving a stolen vehicle in Udhampur district of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said.
Nazir Ahmad Gilkar was on his way to Srinagar along with two personal security officers in a sports utility vehicle (SUV) when he was stopped by the traffic police led by Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Himmat Singh for checking of documents, they said.
The officials said Gilkar was taken to the Udhampur police station after it was found that he was driving a stolen vehicle having a Haryana registration number.
"The chassis and the registration numbers of the vehicle were not matching and on scrutiny, we came to know that it is a stolen vehicle. The number plate of the vehicle resembled a high security registration plate (HSRP)," DSP Singh said.
He said the case was handed over to the Udhampur police for a thorough investigation.
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