I never made any racist comment, says Bharti after he is chargesheeted

He and 17 others have been charged under various sections including molestation.

Written by Dipankar Ghose , Kaunain Sheriff M | New Delhi | Updated: October 2, 2014 2:42 am
Former Law Minister of Delhi, Somnath Bharti at his office in Malviya Nagar on Wednesday. ( Source: Express photo by Oinam Anand ) Former Law Minister of Delhi, Somnath Bharti at his office in Malviya Nagar on Wednesday. ( Source: Express photo by Oinam Anand )

The Delhi Police on Wednesday told the court of Metropolitan Magistrate Chetna Singh that it has chargesheeted former Delhi law minister Somnath Bharti and 17 other persons in connection with an alleged midnight raid on African citizens residing in Khirki Extension.

Bharti and the 17 others have been chargesheeted under various sections of the IPC, including charges of molestation, outraging the modesty of a woman, rioting, promoting enmity between classes, criminal intimidation, voluntarily causing hurt, criminal trespass and assault, police submitted in court.

Police said the chargesheet was filed on September 29, in accordance with earlier court directives. Investigation Officer (IO) Vijay Chandel also told the court that nine Ugandan women were prosecution witnesses in the case.

Earlier in the day, Metropolitan Magistrate Chetna Singh, after briefly going through the chargesheet, asked the IO to appear before the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) for transfer of the case to an appropriate court. The CMM later transferred the case to a mahila court, which will take cognizance of the chargesheet on October 10.

AAP leaders, meanwhile, said the party stood by their MLA. Speaking to Newsline at his office in Malviya Nagar, Bharti said while he was not in possession of the chargesheet, he was “yet to come to terms with the processes followed by police”.

“Not even once have I been interviewed by police, nor have they questioned anyone from Khirki. It is clear that the Congress and the BJP are the same. Police were used and abused by the Congress and it is the same with the BJP. The hope now is the judiciary. There is video evidence of the entire case and police were there throughout. I didn’t say a word that was wrong, I didn’t touch anyone, nor did I go inside any house,” Bharti said.

“There are three things that I have demanded — that the tenure of the visa of foreign nationals be checked, terms of visa be checked, and their source of income be verified. I have not said anything racist. I only have a problem with those indulging in illegality,” he said.

Rejecting allegations of racial profiling, Bharti said the government should have taken his lead and cracked down on human and drug trafficking. “Where is the question of my doing anything wrong? I did my duty. If I need to come to the rescue of my people, I will do it a thousands times. There is a God and there is judiciary,” the former law minister said.

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  1. Antarik Mukherjee
    Oct 6, 2014 at 2:11 pm
    Good work sir , Even if you kicked illegal workers in the a** and WERE racist , I will still vote you ...These people are running prosution rings from residential area where our mother and sisters live and children grow .. i say lynch them..Spineless cowards can go to ;) coz India First ..
    1. C
      Oct 2, 2014 at 7:18 am
      This man sounds goondas and hooligans, all persons who did this racist thing must go to prisons and never ever be allowed to seek any governmental or political position. Indian Politicians majority of them abusers and criminals. We also need urgently Swatch Rajya Netas, no goondas. Must be barred for ever and sta in Prison.
      1. Amit Kumar
        Oct 7, 2014 at 6:15 am
        S Bharti is one of the best MLAs in Delhi and has done a lot of development work in his area, some of which had been pending for decades. Reg Khirki incident, I am sure the truth will be out and Mr Bharti will not be convicted.
        1. Vinu Koratty
          Oct 2, 2014 at 9:50 am
          His actions where RACIST. In most other countries, he will be cooling his heels within bars for a long time India we make him a leader!I hope he will rot in jail for a long time..
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            M Shukla
            Oct 2, 2014 at 12:18 pm
            Ironic... this man led a mob to the Malviya Nagar locality, took the law into his hands when he was the law minister of Delhi and now he complains that the BJP and Congress are using the Police against him. It was high time the police was used against such racist individuals. A case of ulta chor kotwal ko datein.
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