The DCP (South) on Saturday rejected a separate FIR into allegations of assault on a Ugandan woman during a raid at Khirki Extension on January 15, allegedly led by Law Minister Somnath Bharti and AAP volunteers.
In a written reply submitted to Metropolitan Magistrate (MM) Chetna Singh, DCP (South) B S Jaiswal said an FIR into the incident had already been lodged on the complaint of a Ugandan national on January 19. The FIR had been registered after the woman had approached the court.
“A case… has already been registered on the direction of this Hon’ble Court… Petitioner has already been examined in the case by the IO and her statement under Section 164 CrPC has also been recorded on 21.01.2014. Hence, no fresh FIR was registered as the matter pertains to the same incident in which the case has been registered,” DCP Jaiswal said in the reply submitted to court on Saturday.
MM Chetna Singh has asked the DCP to submit a detailed representation on why a separate FIR is not necessary by January 28, court sources said.
“She was examined as a witness but not as a complainant in the case,” Rakesh Sherawat, counsel representing the Ugandan women said. “Around 8 to 10 persons are accused of assaulting the women… in order to ensure that no person goes scot-free, a separate FIR has to be registered,” Sherawat claimed. He intends to submit a petition insisting registration of a separate FIR on Monday.
Two women hailing from Uganda have approached the court for registration of FIR against “unknown persons” who assaulted them on the intervening night of January 15 and January 16.
They have pressed charges of wrongful confinement, house trespass, rioting, grievous hurt, obscenity, sexual assault against unknown persons whom they claim they can identify from TV clippings.
The second woman had approached the court on January 21 and the SHO of Malviya Nagar police station had informed the magistrate on January 23 that the complaint was “pending inquiry”. The Magistrate had then sought a reply from the DCP before directing registration of another FIR in the case.