It has been almost three months since a Halifax doctor was accused of sexually assaulting a woman and police have not yet released the evidence against him.
Dr. Arshjot Buttar, 29, faces three charges – sexual assault, overcoming resistance to the commission of a crime by asphyxiation, and committing an attack by asphyxiation – over an incident allegedly on September 5 at a residence on Tower Road in Halifax has happened.
Buttar was arrested at Halifax Police Station on September 9 and charged before a justice of the peace who released him conditionally.
Attorney Stan MacDonald appeared on behalf of Buttar in the Halifax provincial court on Wednesday and told the judge he was still waiting to see evidence against his client.
Prosecutor Terri Lipton said the Crown did not receive the evidence from the police.
Judge Elizabeth Buckle adjourned the case until December 31.
Due to Buttar’s release conditions, he had to surrender his passport and is prohibited from contacting the complainant, whose identity is protected by a publication ban.
He was initially ordered not to have a cell phone, but this condition was changed in Halifax Provincial Court on November 16 with the approval of the Crown. He can now have a cell phone as long as he provides the number to the police.
According to the Nova Scotia College of Physicians and Surgeons website, Buttar graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in medicine and a residency in family medicine at Dalhousie University.
The website says Buttar took a leave of absence from his postgraduate training license on September 11 and “undertook to refrain from clinical practice”.