Legal Trouble Awaiting Bharti
A flood of legal trouble is awaiting Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti after three more foreign nationals on Thursday recorded their statement before a Magistrate recounting the alleged trauma of a midnight raid conducted by the minister and his supporters last week.
A police case was registered against Bharti on January 19 after an Ugandan woman had approached the court seeking justice. The South Delhi DCP on Thursday was directed by Metropolitan Magistrate Chetna Singh to file a probe report in the case by January 25.
Delhi Police sources said that the court direction came after another Ugandan woman approached the Magistrate to lodge a separate FIR in the case. Lawyer for Ugandan national Rakesh Sherawat claimed that the victims were shown the video clips and they have identified the people involved in alleged assault and intimidation.
“While watching TV, she identified those persons who had trespassed, assaulted, misbehaved and molested them on the aforesaid night,” Sherawat claimed.
It was alleged that the group led by Bharti abused and misbehaved with them, asking them to leave the country immediately. Delhi Police sources confirmed they have identified a couple of supporters and ministers. “We are also looking into the video footage aired by TV channels including CCTV footage of AIIMS. The probe is already on,” sources said.
The women had alleged that Bharti and his supporters forced them to undergo drug tests and cavity searches which turned up negative. The Ugandan women alleged that they were beaten and groped sexually -- a charge denied by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, saying that Bharti was guilty of politically incorrect choice of words.
The Delhi Commission of Women (DCW) is also probing into the case after getting statements from five Ugandan women.