AIIMS officer accuses Somnath Bharti of trying to encroach on govt land

The chief security officer of AIIMS accused AAP MLA and former law minister Somnath Bharti of trying to encroach government land and disrupting peace in the hospital.
AAP MLA Somnath Bharti leaves after attending the Delhi Assembly monsoon session in New Delhi.(Sonu Mehta/HT Photo)
AAP MLA Somnath Bharti leaves after attending the Delhi Assembly monsoon session in New Delhi.(Sonu Mehta/HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 12, 2016 01:33 AM IST
Copy Link
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

The chief security officer of AIIMS accused AAP MLA and former law minister Somnath Bharti of trying to encroach government land and disrupting peace in the hospital.

In his complaint, based on which an FIRwas registered against Bharti, the officer said the MLA and about 300 of his supporters beat up security personnel who had asked them to leave hospital premises.

According to the complaint, a copy of which is with HT, the officer alleged that Bharti insisted that the area was ‘public property’ and a fence must be demolished.

The MLA failed to produce any order from a competent authority to stall the work on the fence and went ahead with the demolition forcefully.

“At around 9:45am, Somnath Bharti along with 300 of his supporters assembled in Gautam Nagar near Nallah Road and started breaking the fence on the boundary wall with the help of a JCB machine in order to provide unauthorised people access AIIMS. They were claiming that the road belonged to the public,” he said.

“They were requested to produce the orders of the competent authority in this regard, but they could not. They were also not accompanied by any government official. They damaged the fence on the boundary wall and when I objected to it, they started shouting at me and misbehaving with the security personnel,” he said in the complaint.

In his defence, Bharti posted a letter from the chief engineer (south), PWD, to the AIIMS director stating that the road leading to the Gautam Nagar nullah was a public property and had to be opened for general public use.

AIIMS has been using the area as a parking space for its dental college.

Read | AAP MLA Somnath Bharti chargesheeted for bid to kill wife

Bharti stated that the PWD had already given permission to open the area as AIIMS never responded to their notice. According to the letter — uploaded on Twitter by Bharti — the engineer requested the director of AIIMS to come for a meeting but no representative was ever sent for the meeting. “Minutes of the meeting were also sent, but there was no response from AIIMS. Accordingly it is presumed that it has no objection to the proposal of opening the road for public,” the letter read.

The security officer also alleged that some of his men also sustained minor injuries while protecting the government land.

“....They used abusive language, disrupted the peace in the hospital and caused disturbance to the patients and employees of AIIMS. They adopted unlawful ways to encroach the government land. Strict action needs to be taken against the persons for an attempt to assault government servants on duty and disrupting peace in the hospital,” the complaint read.

The FIRhas been registered under sections of rioting, damaging public property and obstructing a public servant from discharging his duty.

An investigating officer said that six guards, who were injured in the encroachment drive, will give their statements before a magistrate, which is admissible as evidence in court.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
  • ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Ananya Bhardwaj was part of Hindustan Times’ nationwide network of correspondents that brings news, analysis and information to its readers. She no longer works with the Hindustan Times.

Close Story
QUICKREADS

Less time to read?

Try Quickreads

  • In the new team, the Shimla district, particularly Rohru and Jubbal and Kotkhai assembly segments, has got more share than the other 66 assembly segments. (Image for representational purpose)

    Himachal: Pratibha, Vikramaditya get bigger roles in PCC expansion

    In the new team, the Shimla district, particularly Rohru and Jubbal and Kotkhai assembly segments, has got more share than the other 66 assembly segments. Of the 41 newly appointed secretaries, seven are from the Rohru assembly segment and they all owe allegiance to Mandi Lok Sabha member Pratibha Singh and her legislator son Vikramaditya Singh, while of the 13 general secretaries, five are from Shimla district alone. Former councillor Mahender Chauhan has also been appointed as vice-president.

  • The Delhi high court said it will hear further arguments on the bail plea of Umar Khalid on May 30. (PTI Photo/Shashank Parade)

    Can’t hold mini trial during bail plea: HC to Umar Khalid

    A bench of justices Siddharth Mridul and Rajnish Bhatnagar on Wednesday said that it will not hold a “mini-trial”, and look into the evidence and the statements without testing the authenticity of the material. “In so far as UAPA is concerned, we have to look at the material on the record without testing the veracity... You can’t say if the statement says three of them (accused) met, then we should test it by holding a mini-trial,” the bench said.

  • After achieving the first position in administering first and second doses of Covid vaccine in Himachal, the tribal districts of Kinnaur and Lahaul-Spiti have again taken a lead in giving the booster dose to the eligible population in the state even as all other districts lag way behind. (Image for representational purpose)

    Himachal’s tribal districts take lead in booster dose vaccination

    In the other tribal district of Lahaul-Spiti, 64% eligible population has been administered the precautionary dose . Chamba has achieved 34% coverage and Kullu around 37%. In Himachal, more than 8 lakh people were eligible for the booster shot as on May 24. Since the launch of the booster dose drive in January, 3, 15,734 precautionary doses have been administered in the state which is 40% of eligible population.

  • For now, the evening driving test facility will be available at the automated driving test tracks (ADTTs) in Shakurbasti, Mayur Vihar and Vishwas Nagar. (HT Archive)

    Delhi: Evening driving tests at 3 tracks in city

    For now, the evening driving test facility will be available at the automated driving test tracks (ADTTs) in Shakurbasti, Mayur Vihar and Vishwas Nagar. The night driving test will be held in slots between 5pm and 7pm and 45 appointments will be available daily at each of the three tracks.

  • Sacked Punjab health minister Dr Vijay Singla (in white) being escorted out of the district court complex in Mohali on Wednesday, May 25, 2022. He was remanded in police custody till May 27. (Ravi Kumar/HT)

    Police collect files of former Punjab minister

    A police team, after procuring call details of Dr Vijay Singla, also questioned the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) legislator, who, along with his officer on special duty (OSD) Pardeep Kumar, is in police remand till May 27, a senior officer said, requesting anonymity. “Singla was also cross-questioned in front of his OSD,” the officer added.

SHARE
Story Saved
×
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Thursday, May 26, 2022