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Khirki Raid: Cong says charges serious, AAP asks law minister to refrain from using unparliamentary words.

New Delhi | Published: January 23, 2014 2:31:28 am
Somnath Bharti near Rail Bhawan on Tuesday.(Oinam Anand) Somnath Bharti near Rail Bhawan on Tuesday. (Oinam Anand)

Law Minister Somnath Bharti’s problems continued to multiply on Wednesday with Delhi Congress leaders saying they would meet Lt-Governor Najeeb Jung on Thursday and demand that the Delhi Police take action against Bharti.

With Bharti drawing flak from all quarters over his conduct, the AAP, which has publicly backed him so far, has asked the law minister to refrain from using unparliamentary language, sources said.

Last week, Bharti had orchestrated a midnight raid on Ugandan nationals in Khirki Extension, accusing them of being involved in a sex-and-drugs racket. The Ugandan women later complained to police and the Delhi Commission for Women that they were assaulted and molested by the minister and his men during the raid.

An Ugandan woman also identified Bharti as the one leading the group that barged into her house and harassed her.

The Congress claimed that police was not taking any action against Bharti because he — being a minister — was no longer an aam aadmi.

“Had he been a common man, he would have been arrested by now. But police are refraining from arresting Delhi’s law minister even though he has been identified,” Delhi Congress chief Arvinder Singh Lovely told Newsline.

He said the investigation into the midnight raid should not be influenced by Bharti’s position as a law minister.

“No one is above the law. A delegation of the Congress leaders will meet Lt-Governor tomorrow (Thursday) to discuss the Bharti issue. The allegations against him are serious and the investigation into the matter should be conducted fairly,” he said.

The AAP leaders said while Bharti’s actions were acceptable, the language he used was questionable.

“We have communicated to Bharti that he should not use unparliamentary language,” a top party leader said.

The gag orders came after TV channels aired clips of Bharti having a verbal altercation with police during the raid in Khirki Extension. The minister had also used colourful language while speaking about senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley, who had criticised Bharti for the midnight raid and termed it racist.

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