Delhi govt mulls naming Bharti in FIR

Delhi govt mulls naming Bharti in FIR

Home dept also seeks opinion on filing fresh  FIR in case

The Delhi Home department on Tuesday asked the Law and Justice department to give its view on whether the name of former Law Minister Somnath Bharti should be included in the FIR lodged in connection with a midnight raid against some African women in Khirki Extension.

The Home department asked the Law and Justice department whether there is a need to file a fresh FIR in the case or include Bharti’s name in the existing FIR, sources in the government said on Tuesday.

Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung had ordered an inquiry into the incident which took place in January and involved Bharti leading a group of locals on a midnight raid on some African residents of Khirki Extension in south Delhi.

Bharti had allegedly gone to the locality where he claimed that a drug and prostitution ring was being run by some African nationals. Initially, he had demanded that police raid the place. However, when the they refused, saying they had no warrant to do so, he allegedly led the mob on the raid.

The inquiry report, which was submitted to Jung, was on February 28 forwarded to Home and Law and Justice departments seeking their views on it within two days. The probe, which was conducted by retired Additional District and Session Judge B L Garg, has prima facie not found credence into the allegations of Bharti.

The report indicated that police acted as per the law and that the minister’s supporters intervened in their duty. It also states that police had not recovered any kind of drug from the houses of those African girls. Delhi Police had registered a case on January 19 against unknown persons.

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