Jammu: A Jammu and Kashmir court on Monday directed the police to register a case against Minister of State for Home Sajjad Ahmad Kichloo for allegedly slapping an official.

Kishtwar Chief Judicial Magistrate Ajay Kumar Gupta directed the police to register a First Information Report (FIR) against Kichloo for allegedly slapping Riyaz Ahmad Choudhary, Chief Executive Officer of Kishtwar Development Authority on April 18.

The court told Kishtwar Station House Officer (SHO) to register the FIR "and proceed in accordance with the law". Kichloo was not available for his comment.

The court reprimanded the police for not registering the case and said, "The basic principle to be followed by the SHO was that as soon as he received the application (written complaint by Choudhary), he should have registered the FIR..."

The SHO earlier submitted a status report denying the occurrence of the incident, which was also rejected by the court. Choudhary earlier sent a written complaint to the SHO to register an FIR against Kichloo.

He said he was late by a few minutes for a meeting called by Kichloo ahead of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah's visit to Kishtwar on April 18 and for this he was allegedly slapped by the minister.

"He (minister) first abused me and then slapped me thrice. When I resisted, his men started beating me. It was on intervention of the police that I got saved or else I would have been in serious condition," said the official.

Zulernain Sheikh, advocate for Choudhary, said the court directed the Deputy Inspector General and Superintendent of Police of Kishtwar " to monitor the investigations."

(Agencies)

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