Congress MLA and ex-health minister Shabir Ahmad Khan, facing molestation charges, on Thursday decided to give in and present himself before the police but only after making everyone wait for the entire day.
Khan, who was elusive since February 7 after a woman doctor lodged a complaint against him, alleging indecent behaviour and sexual advances at Srinagar's civil secretariat, made a surprising entry at the Jammu airport in the morning.
The MLA from Jammu's Rajouri area, who resigned from the ministry in the face of growing anger, headed for the government accommodation, Circuit House, in Srinagar once he arrived here.
"I am 110% innocent," he told the journalists.
Till late in the afternoon, Khan remained stay put at the Circuit House, where he was served lunch and tea.
The drama surrounding Khan's arrest continued the entire day. Sources said Khan was reluctant to go to the police station citing "threat to life given the congested locality of Shaheed Gunj police station".
Around 5pm, Khan finally decided to visit the police station and depose before the investigation officer.
On Wednesday, the court had asked Khan to present himself before the investigating officer in 24 hours. The court also sought a surety bond of Rs 25,000 in case the accused asked for an interim bail after he was arrested. It will be discretion of the investigating officer to grant interim bail to the accused.
Meanwhile, doctors' bodies continued with protests at several hospitals in the valley and demanded justice.
Hardline Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Geelani has also accused the government of "shielding Khan".
"We were apprehensive of the government shielding Khan and bailing him out. We fear the government will hide the facts as usual and the culprit will not be punished," said Geelani in a statement.
A Hurriyat spokesman said it would take the matter to the public court "as the ruling party has proved characterless and is responsible for spreading waywardness, drugs, nudity and other evils in society."