Kashmir lawmaker surfaces after eluding arrest on sex assault charge; calls case a conspiracy

A lawmaker accused of sexually assaulting a female doctor in Indian-controlled Kashmir has surfaced after evading arrest for several days.

Bashir Ahmad Khan told reporters Thursday that the allegations are a conspiracy to spoil his image. The comment came a day after a court granted him bail.

Khan resigned as Kashmir's junior health minister on Friday, but failed to appear when summoned by police investigating the case. On Saturday, Kashmir's High Court issued a warrant for his arrest.

The court granted Khan bail on Wednesday, but barred him from leaving Kashmir. It set a hearing for Feb. 18.

The case has shocked many in Kashmir, a mostly Muslim territory divided into an Indian-administered region and a Pakistani-held portion.