Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Ashish Khetan on Saturday said the party had asked AAP MLA and former Delhi law minister Somnath Bharti to follow legal procedure in the domestic violence case filed against him by his wife.
“Legal procedure has to be followed in the domestic violence case against Somnath Bharti. Bharti was asked to follow legal procedures and the state women commission is doing its job,” Khetan said, when asked whether his party will take action against Bharti.
“There is a process of reconciliation, where the husband and the wife are made to sit together. I came to know that such attempts (at reconciliation) are being made,” he said.
Khetan was in Ahmedabad as the party’s observer for Gujarat region.
The former journalist also alleged that the BJP-led Central government was misusing its powers.
“On one hand, they use the power of the state to cover up acts of people in the government, ministers and MLAs, and on the other, they use the power to harass the Opposition. Such things happened during the Emergency,” he added.
Khetan conceded that party made a mistake in the fake degree case against former AAP minister Jitendra Singh Tomar who is under arrest for submitting forged affidavits. “There was some lapse,” Khetan said.
About whether Aam Aadmi Party sees Yogendra Yadav’s Swaraj Abhiyan as a political threat, Khetan said, “Our entire focus is on the cadre-building. The old friends are an old episode and the party has left the issue behind.”