‘Support letter’ is 7 months old, internal Ugandan note

Kejriwal claimed an official from the Ugandan High Commission had met Bharti recently and supported his action.

New Delhi | Published:January 21, 2014 3:56 am
At his protest outside Rail Bhawan, Kejriwal even waved what he said was a letter written by high commission officials supporting Bharti’s claims.  At his protest outside Rail Bhawan, Kejriwal even waved what he said was a letter written by high commission officials supporting Bharti’s claims.

As critism mounted against Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti for carrying out a raid targeting “Ugandan and Nigerian” women over allegations of being linked to a sex-and-drug trafficking ring, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal jumped to his cabinet colleague’s defence Monday.

Kejriwal claimed an official from the Ugandan High Commission had met Bharti recently and supported his action. However, the Ministry of External Affairs said Ugandan diplomats were all out of town.

At his protest outside Rail Bhawan, Kejriwal even waved what he said was a letter written by high commission officials supporting Bharti’s claims.

“A woman from the Ugandan High Commission came to meet Somnath Bharti last evening and told him ‘you did very well, many women from our country are being trafficked’. She also brought a letter,” Kejriwal said. 

Hours later though, the MEA denied the Ugandan High Commission had approached the Indian government in the last few days since most of their diplomats are not in town.

The MEA said the letter was of June 2013 and since then the Ugandan government had not raised this issue with India in the last few days.

Sources said the Ugandan High Commission officials are on leave and are not in Delhi, and only one person has returned today. The diplomat — a junior-ranking official — has told the MEA today that nobody has approached the Ugandan mission so far.

“We have been told by the Ugandan mission that none of its officials have met Delhi government ministers,” MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said.

External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said the Aam Aadmi Party was creating problems with friendly countries.

“It is completely wrong. They are not here. The high commissioner is not here… I am accustomed to seeing these kind of letters which they transpose and play around with. This is a letter of June 2013…It is sad that they are playing with the country’s reputation. You are playing with country’s relationship with friendly countries. I cannot think of anything greater in terms of betrayal of this country than what is being done,” Khurshid said.

Asked about the identity of the Ugandan official, Bharti only said: “I will not reveal the identity of the official, who is a whistle-blower. I am aware that the Ugandan High Commission is closed for holiday. Had they not been on a holiday, more details on the issue would have come out.”

The letter in question – distributed by AAP Monday – is dated June 19, 2013, and is written by Brig George J Etyang, Defence Advisor, Uganda High Commission, New Delhi, and is addressed to the Chief of Military Intelligence, Uganda Peoples Defence Forces Headquarters.

It refers to a case of a Ugandan woman, whose name is redacted, who was “duped” into coming to New Delhi by a “well coordinated racket of sex-traffickers based in Kampala and Delhi”.

“The purpose of this communication is to draw your attention and probably interrogate the lady in question for more information since she is expected to arrive back at Entebbe International Airport at 1917450 June 2013 aboard Kenya Airways flight KQ414,” the letter said.

Moreover, in her letter to the Ugandan High Commission in Anand Niketan, the woman recounts her stay in India and states that she was living in Malviya Nagar, near Sai Baba Mandir where Bharti had conducted a raid last week.

“After reaching India, she was bringing men everyday to me and forcing me to sleep with them, but I refused to do so…My passport, ticket and yellow fever certificate is in her custody and she denied to give me back…I ran from Malviya Nagar yesterday evening… and came to Uganda Embassy,” the letter reads.

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    LOL
    Jan 21, 2014 at 4:24 am
    liar liar pants on fire...
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      M S
      Jan 21, 2014 at 5:23 am
      What is the gift of AAP and AK and his coterie of ministers to the country? Anarchy, mis governance and non governance, no law, suffering for the people. Do you still need such people at the helm. Imagine what could happen to the country if these people had to rule India. First AK calls the police corrupt and whatever he wanted to call, then he asks police to remove uniform and join him. Does it mean that the same people when uniform is removed is equivalent to Ganga Mei Dhule Hue. The AAP and AK besides are liars. They lied on several occasions. The recent lie being the above letter and Binny asking AK to be made a minister, the same having been denied on 24.12.2013.
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        Muhmammad rasool
        Jan 21, 2014 at 12:43 am
        KHUJLIWAL is a FEKU
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          samarsen
          Jan 20, 2014 at 11:35 pm
          hon f.m. is worried about keeping good relations with foreign countries at the cost of getting our own youth getting affected in drug addiction and getting involved in womanising which is the route cause of trouble with young community in the country.see the fun,foreigners bring drugs and women in our country,when they just do not get free admission in other neighbouring countries.lot of white womwn all over the world come to india to india in human trafficing,still my country boasts of freedom to all at the cost of national young life getting tretened .can public say somehing to our hon rulers for leberalism at what cost,or why are they blind to these handicaps.can they just pl explain,or are they only interested in the foreign exchange they bring along with them.surely certainly a certain african is viciously known all over the world for such type of their export and thus are not welcome except india since being only good country not bothered about their own countrymen.
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