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AAP government harassing me for summoning Law Minster Somnath Bharti: DCW chief Barkha Singh

Singh said that if AAP government is removing me because I summoned the Law Minister, then it is an atrocity on me.

Updated: January 29, 2014 3:52 pm
Law Minister Somnath Bharti. (Reuters) Law Minister Somnath Bharti. (Reuters)

Chairperson of Delhi Commission for Women Barkha Singh on Wednesday accused the AAP government of harassing her for summoning controversial Law Minister Somnath Bharti in connection with the south Delhi raid episode and refused to step down from the post.

A former Congress MLA, Singh had a public confrontation with Bharti’s lawyers last week when they came to depose before the DCW on his behalf in the case of alleged harassment of a number of Ugandan women.

Singh, who had lost the assembly election from R K Puram, said she was holding a constitutional post and there was no need to resign from it though the Congress dispensation, which had appointed her, was defeated.

Earlier this month, Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president Arvinder Singh Lovely had asked all partymen to quit from various posts in government-run boards and commissions, following convention.

“It is a constitutional post and I still have one year and four months left in my tenure. The AAP government is harassing me and targeting me because I summoned Bharti in connection with the the ill-treatment of Ugandan women during the midnight raid in Khirki Extension,” Singh said.

When asked about Lovely’s direction to partymen to relinquish their posts in boards and commissions, the DPCC chief said he had withdrawn his directive.

A number of AAP leaders said in keeping with the tradition, Singh should have resigned after her party was ousted from power.

The DCW chairperson had summoned Bharti over allegations that he had led a group of supporters against some African women after claiming they were involved in a drug and prostitution racket.

Bharti did not depose before the commission on January 24 as directed by it but sent his lawyers who were not allowed to put across their views by Singh.

“Those Ugandan women had come to me with their complaints and I did my duty. If they are removing me because I summoned the Law Minister, then it is totally wrong. It is an atrocity on me,” Singh said.

The AAP, in a statement, had accused Singh of “politicisation” of the Commission by its chairperson.

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  1. A
    Jan 29, 2014 at 11:31 am
    Ms. Singh - time is up, your appointing party lost. You summoned the Law Minister to serve the Congress party. Now its time to quit. Bye Bye
    1. E
      Jan 29, 2014 at 8:13 pm
      how a politician can hold this post? Incredible India!!! We must appreciate this woman for honesty!!?
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        Manoj Manoj
        Jan 30, 2014 at 1:16 am
        all the conutional posts should have apolitical person. what we see all the chamchas and corrupt congressi on all important post of the country.
        1. r
          Jan 29, 2014 at 3:37 pm
          A situation of this type could have been avoided if in the first place, a political person had not been appointed. There is no dearth of talented people in the country and it will be a good idea if the government start looking beyond politicians and retired bureaucrats to fill up such consutional or quasi government appointments.
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            Saurabh Prakash
            Jan 29, 2014 at 11:11 am
            How these politicians cling to office even after they have been thrown out by the people!
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