Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti was at the centre of another raging row when he tried to raid an alleged drug and prostitution ring but the police refused to do his bidding citing lack of warrant. Bharti and a top police official were involved in heated exchanges mid-night last night in a South Delhi locality and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today came out in defence of his ministerial colleague.
Attacking the police for refusing to cooperate with Bharti, Kejriwal demanded suspension of two Assistant Commissioners and Station House Officers (SHO) of the Sagarpur and Malviya Nagar police stations for "refusing" to act against the alleged sex and drug ring. "All of them should be suspended. If they are not suspended, neither Delhi government nor people of Delhi will keep quite," Kejriwal said alleging that "Delhi Police is highly compromised."
Bharti, along with a group of his supporters, had gone to Khirki Village around mid-night last night and had a verbal argument with an ACP rank police official after he refused to conduct a raid at a building. Bharti alleged that a prostitution and drug racket was being conducted from the building.
"We told the SHO and the police men to arrest them but they did not pay any heed to us. They told us that they cannot raid. Then I asked the reason. We called the DCP but he did not answer our call. We have also called CP but he said something else," Bharti claimed. The Minister claimed that local residents knew that the house was being used to run the racket.
A heated argument broke out when police refused to raid the building. Bharti had landed in a controversy after he allegedly rebuked Law Secretary A S Yadav after the official opposed the proposal to convene a meeting of all judges of Delhi courts. He had come under severe attack from Congress and BJP over his being indicted by a court for "tampering of evidence" in a case in which he had appeared as a lawyers.