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They cannot touch me at all, says Somnath Bharti post-BL Garg report

Saturday, 15 March 2014 - 7:03am IST | Agency: dna

Days after the Justice BL Garg committee submitted report on the Khirki Extension midnight raid case involving former Delhi law minister Somnath Bharti, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) minister has targeted political parties and corporate houses for allowing prostitution and drug racket to flourish in the pockets like Khirki Extension.

"For the likes of the arms dealer Abhishek Verma pockets like Khirki extension are breeding ground. Women and money have been at the helm of the affairs in deals involving these people. If the police starts acting on the complaints of the local residence, how will people like Verma flourish," questioned Bharti adding he is being targeted because he tried to expose the nexus.

Calling himself a soft target of the police and the media he said his intention was to rid the country of drug and women trafficking. "Had the police acted in a fair manner and taken the desired action, I can assure you that Khirki Extension raid could have rid the country of from trafficking," adds Bharti. 

Bharti said a section of media is managed by the two major political parties — the BJP and the Congress. "The opposition does not have the guts to take up these issues. Because they all work hand in gloves with each other," he said.

Blaming the media for misrepresenting facts, he said media houses have become a tool in the hands of the two big political parties. The AAP leader also questions the credibility of BL Garg committee report inquiring into the midnight raid case carried out by Bharti. "Initially we were told that a committee headed by Justice Mudgal will be investigating the case. But suddenly the Lt Governor handed over the inquiry to a junior judge retired as additional district judge," he said.

Bharti said somebody more senior in rank like Justice Mudgal should have investigated the matter.

While the Delhi Government's home department has recommended to the Lt Governor to register an FIR based the report submitted by Justice Garg, Bharti termed Garg's investigation a farce. "They cannot touch me at all," says the confident AAP leader. "In the name of inquiry, I was only asked to submit a written statement. I had suggested the committee to meet the aggrieved residents of the area to get the truth out. Some people of the area also went to see him. But the committee did not record their statement," he adds.

Bharti who unlike many others in the party said he was not eyeing a bigger role in the party, wants to be involved in Delhi itself. "I have been asked to mobilise the bar associations across the country, but I am not looking at a national role. I want to continue being a part of Malviya Nagar assembly," he said.

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