AAP crisis: Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung sanctions Somnath Bharti’s prosecution

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Heedless to AAP government’s view, Lt Governor Najeeb Jung has given sanctions to prosecute former Delhi law minister and party MLA Somnath Bharti in connection with alleged misbehaviour with African women during a midnight raid in south Delhi, in January, 2014.

“LG has given the police sanction to prosecute Bharti. However, home minister Satyendra Jain recently suggested that prosecution sanction should not be given against Bharti,” LG office sources said.

The sources said that bearing the gravity of the situation of the case, Jung has given his approval for Bharti’s prosecution.

Earlier this year, a court had asked the police to get prosecution sanction against Bharti from the competent authority.The LG’s nod to the prosecution has appeared amid an ongoing altercation with Arvind Kejriwal government and is likely to further aggravate tensions between the two.

In its charge sheet filed in September last year, police had said that “nine African women were victims of molestation and manhandling by a mob led by Bharti” in Khirki Extension area.

On January 15-16th, Bharti and his supporters had been alleged to have coercively detained and threatened some African women during a confrontation with police in his constituency of Malviya Nagar over inaction against a suspected drug and prostitution racket. Bharti, who was then a minister in the AAP government, had denied the charges.

 

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