A city court on Thursday sought a reply from the Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) in the next two days on the police inquiry into a midnight raid at Khirki Extension, where four Ugandan women were allegedly beaten up and abused on January 15.
The direction came hours after the station house officer of Malviya Nagar police station told the court that they were probing the complaints by the Ugandan women that they were manhandled by people allegedly led by Law Minister Somnath Bharti and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) volunteers.
Last Sunday, metropolitan magistrate Chetna Singh directed police to register an FIR on the basis of the complaint filed by one of the Ugandan women.
On Tuesday, another Ugandan woman registered a similar complaint. She claimed she registered her complaint on January 16 at the Malviya Nagar police station but didn’t receive a copy of it. “All the offences committed by the accused persons are cognisable, but police are not taking any action against them as the accused are politically influential…,” the woman stated in her complaint.
But, unlike on January 18, the metropolitan magistrate did not issue directions for registering an FIR straightaway. “Despite various allegations made in the complaint, as filed before the court, and despite the fact that the complaint was received on 16.1.2014, no action has been taken by the SHO concerned… Before passing any order under Section 156(3) CrPC, I deem it fit to call for a reply from the DCP concerned as to whether any such complaint was received by police and action taken, if any on the same,” the order stated.
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“The issue now is whether the court shall direct another FIR in the case or club all similar complaints filed by four Ugandan women into one,” Rakesh Sherawat, lawyer representing two of the Ugandan women, said.
MEA: incident condemnable
The Ministry of External Affairs on Thursday made it clear that the incident in which Law Minister Somnath Bharti
allegedly harassed Ugandan women was “condemnable”. MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said the government had conveyed to African envoys that it was committed to share the details of the case with Uganda and other African countries. “Our relations with Africa is rooted in history, history of common opposition to apartheid and colonialism. We should not forget that Mahatma Gandhi honed his passive resistance on African soil and, therefore, racism is anathema for us,” Akbaruddin said. ENS