More trouble brews for Law Minister

 Troubles continued to mount for Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti as another Ugandan woman approached court on Thursday seeking an FIR over his controversial midnight raid in south Delhi’s Khirki Extension last week.

The woman has sought registration of a separate case against Bharti and the court has directed Delhi Police to file a report by Saturday.

The minister has also received a summon from Delhi Commission for Woman and will appear before it on Friday afternoon.

At the moment, the woman has not named Bharti. But if she identifies the law minister as one of the men who misbehaved with her, it might spell trouble for him. The woman alleges that a mob barged into her house and she, along with her sisters, were told to leave the country.

Police rapped

Police have also been criticised by the court for failure to take action on earlier complaints by Ugandan women. Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) B S Jaiswal has now been asked to explain.

“Despite various allegations made in a complaint and the fact that complaint was received in Malviya Nagar police station, no action has been taken by the SHO and it has been stated that complaint is pending inquiry,” said Metropolitan Magistrate Chetna Singh.

The court has also perused the complaint on record as well as action taken report filed by the investigating officer.

Statements recorded

So far three foreign women have recorded their statements before a magistrate, in which they have stated that Bharti had barged into their house along with his supporters on the intervening night of January 15-16.

Meanwhile, Delhi Commission for Women said a summon was delivered at Bharti's house through an SHO.

“We will wait till 3 pm on Friday for Bharti to appear,” said DCW Chairperson Barkha Singh. If the minister fails to appear, the commission will approach Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung and Delhi Police Commissioner Bhim Sain Bassi. 

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