Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Thursday backed his ministers Somnath Bharti and Rakhi Birla whose actions bordered on vigilantism and accused the Delhi Police of being “compromised”.
He warned the police that the Delhi government and citizens would not remain mute spectators after the police refused to give in to demands from the ministers that appeared to violate due process.
“Delhi Police is highly compromised. If accountability of Delhi Police is not fixed, then crime and rape incidents will never go down,” Kejriwal told reporters, with Bharti sitting on one side of him and Birla on the other.
“After a rape takes place, then we demand immediate arrest of the culprits. But that is not sufficient. Why should rapes happen in the first place?”
The CM cited two instances that involved Bharti and Birla on Wednesday night. After allowing his Cabinet ministers time to voice their concerns, Kejriwal said, “We demand the immediate suspension of the erring SHOs of Sagarpur and Malviya Nagar station. I am meeting the lieutenant governor tomorrow along with the commissioner of police and I will tell them our stand in the strongest words possible.”
Asked if the ministers were not overzealous in their demands considering the police had not conducted an investigation, Kejriwal said, “The police claimed the ministers were interfering with their work. How is this possible? There was proof of a drug racket and the police took no action. When you see a crime happening, you tell the police and expect them to act. This is what happened. Ms Birla tried to help a dowry harassment victim and Mr Bharti tried to shut down a drug and sex racket.”
Kejriwal also said that drug and sex rackets were the root causes of rape.
“This is where rape and such tendencies start from,” he said.
Kejriwal said the incidents that Bharti and Birla referred to highlighted how the Delhi Police functioned.
“These two incidents have been an eyeopener for us. Isse pata chalta hain, ki Dilli police, bhagwan bharose kaam karti hain (God only knows how the Delhi Police works, considering these incidents)”.
The EC had on on January 23 censured Kejriwal for alleging that BJP incited communal violence in Delhi.