Cops begin process to issue lookout notice for AMU prof

Apprehending that Aligarh Muslim University's (AMU) Professor Mohammad Shabbir, who is facing charges of sexual harassment of a girl student and is in the hiding, may go abroad to avoid arrest, the Aligarh police has initiated the process to get a lookout notice issued.

Civil Lines police station SHO in Aligarh, H R Zaidi confirmed that he has written to Circle Officer of Local Intelligence Unit (LIU) to recommend for lookout notice for Shabbir.

"This (lookout notice) is a precautionary step to alert all airports across the country so that he cannot leave the country," Zaidi said.

The move comes two days after the Allahabad High Court denied to interfere in the matter while hearing a writ petition filed by Shabbir appealing for quashing the FIR and staying his arrest in the case registered against him at Civil Lines police station in Aligarh.

The police had conducted raids at Shabbir's home in Aligarh several times after registering the FIR, but failed to trace him.

On December 11, a local court had rejected Shabbir's plea for surrender and issued a non-bailable warrant against him.

Shabbir, who was chairman of Law Department in AMU, was suspended on December 5 after the charges of sexual harassment made by a post-graduate girl student of the department were found "prima facie correct" by the women complaint cell of the university. The girl had later got an FIR lodged against the professor.

The FIR was registered under sections 354 (assault or criminal force to any woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 354A of (sexual harassment, physical contact, advances involving unwelcome and explicit sexual overtures, or any other unwelcome physical, verbal or non-verbal conduct of sexual nature) and 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of the IPC.

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