Delhi L-G okays legal proceedings against Bharti

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Mar 13, 2014 23:30 IST

Delhi lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung has asked the Delhi Police to initiate legal proceedings against law minister in AAP government Somnath Bharti for his role in the controversial midnight raid on the house of Ugandan women in January.

A criminal case against unknown persons had been registered by the Delhi Police at the Malviya Nagar police station under the sections of rioting, harassing and outraging the modesty of women in addition to restricting a public servant from lawfully discharging his duties.

But, sources said, the L-G has now given his go-ahead to name Bharti in the case. The former minister was not available for comments.

In a midnight drama, Bharti, along with his party volunteers and locals, had reportedly tried to force Delhi police officers to register a criminal case against certain Ugandan women who he suspected were involved in flesh trade and drug peddling.

While chief minister Arvind Kejriwal came out in defence of his minister and gave him a clean chit, a large number of people took to the streets demanding his immediate arrest.

The Congress and the BJP too had stalled assembly proceedings demanding, his Bharti should be sacked from the government.

The L-G had formed a Commission of Enquiry under retired additional district judge BL Garg, which in its report indicted Bharti and justified the police action.

Delhi government sources said the L-G had sought the views of the home and the law departments on the report. The two departments agreed that a criminal case was made out against the former law minister on the basis of the findings of the enquiry committee's report.

The L-G has forwarded the opinion of the two departments to Delhi police for necessary action, a source said.

Police sources, however, said they were yet to receive any intimation on the same from the L-G office.

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