New Delhi: Trouble seems to be growing for Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti as another Ugandan woman has moved court seeking an FIR against men who misbehaved with her during the raid in the Khirki Extension area. At the moment, she has not named Bharti, but if she identifies Bharti as one of the men who misbehaved with her, trouble may grow for him.
The Congress as well as the Bharatiya Janata Party are up in arms against Somnath Bharti. While the Congress has met the Lieutenant Governor and demanded that Bharti be sacked, a BJP delegation led by Vijay Goel will meet the Delhi Police Commissioner on Thursday afternoon at 3:30 pm.
The BJP, too, has demanded that Bharti be sacked. "Bharti should be sacked, he has no legal or moral constitutional value to remain in office even for a moment. How can a Law Minister use the language that he has used against Arun Jaitley and Harish Salve. It is demeaning," said BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad.
The Delhi Commission for Women has also warned Bharti to appear before it by Friday or an FIR may be registered against him. The DCW claims that the second summons were delivered in the afternoon on Wednesday at Bharti's residence through an SHO. It says that it will now wait till Friday 3 pm for Bharti to appear before the commission and will then approach the Lieutenant Governor and Delhi Police Commissioner in case he doesn't turn up.
However, both Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Bharti remain defiant. Kejriwal met the Lieutenant Governor earlier on Thursday, but later said that it was a routine meet.
Somnath Bharti has claimed that he has video evidence to suggest that he was right. The AAP top leadership also continues to stand by its minister. Party leader Gopal Rai defended Bharti saying, "We think there is lobbying going on for sex and drug rackets."
Bharti's position became more shaky after he was named by a Ugandan woman as the leader of the group that manhandled them in Khirki during the raid.
"Yes, Mr Bharti's comments about Arun Jaitley and Harish Salve were totally uncalled for. And a greater person is only who realises that he has committed a fault. Nobody is perfect and all of us do commit wrong, with or without intention. One is a greater man if he apologises for something he shouldn't have said. I do not expect the Congress and the BJP to do that, but I do expect it from my party and people," said AAP leader Rahul Mehra.
A number of AAP leaders are said to be upset with Bharti who had earlier stoked controversies by seeking a meeting of Delhi judges and was involved in talking to a witness he was cross examining as a lawyer.
In another startling allegation National Commission for Women Chairperson Mamta Sharma on Wednesday said the SHO cannot summon Bharti as he was being threatened by Aam Aadmi Party supporters. Mamta demanded Bharti's resignation after Ugandan woman complained of misbehaviour by the minister and his supporters. Mamta said, "Somnath Bharti should resign. Arvind Kejriwal should demand his resignation."
She added, "Delhi Commission for Women has taken up the case now. He has been summoned and I'm not aware if he went or not. State Commission will submit its report and we will take the matter up." Even after the Ugandan woman identified Bharti and accused him of misbehaviour with the girls, the Kejriwal government is unlikely to take any immediate action. Sources said, "AAP may not to take any immediate action against Somnath Bharti as they think the case is prejudiced. The party will present its defence to the court. Bharti has given his side of the story to the party."
(With additional information from PTI)