Khan, an MLA from Rajouri and Minister of State for Health, submitted his resignation to Chief Minister Omar Abdullah who forwarded it to Governor NN Vohra. (Agencies)
Amid mounting pressure from political parties demanding action against him, Congress spokesman in the state Ravinder Sharma said that the minister was asked to step down by state PCC chief Saif-ud-din Soz pending inquiry.
Opposition parties demanded his immediate resignation with some going a step further seeking his arrest.
The police registered a case against Shabir Khan on Thursday after the doctor, wife of a separatist leader, alleged that the minister had called her to his office in Srinagar and attempted to molest her.
A case was registered under Section 354 RPC (assault or criminal force on a woman with the intention to outrage her woman) and Section 509 RPC (word, gesture or act intended to outrage the modesty of a woman) against him.
"This is a new low that this government has touched. In their own interest we believe that the government must take action in this matter and if a lady doctor is not safe with a minister then nobody is safe in this state," Opposition PDP spokesperson Nayeem Akhtar said.
Khan, an MLA from Rajouri and Minister of State for Health, submitted his resignation to Chief Minister Omar Abdullah who forwarded it to Governor NN Vohra.