Defying pressure to take action against its law minister Somnath Bharti, Delhi’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government has bought time till mid-February when a judicial enquiry ordered by Delhi’s lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung into the midnight raid against some Africans comes out with its report.
The judicial inquiry would give chances to all sides including Delhi Police, Bharti, local residents and probably also the Ugandan women to present their viewpoints. AAP sources said, “even though there are some senior members who want action against Somnath and disapprove of his actions and language, the party wants to speak in one line and thus would wait for inquiry report for the final action.”
“The party knows it could seriously hurt its chances and alienate some of their supporters. Thus some of the its members, who are also part of AAP’s PAC, are quietly looking into the whole incident themselves to find if there was any wrong doing,” sources added.
The party, meanwhile, released video showing three policemen brutally beating a person and also taking his wallet to support their contention of Delhi Police being brutal and corrupt. Acting quickly Delhi Police suspended the three policemen shown in the video released by AAP .
In a related development, as Bharti once again failed to appear before the quasi-judicial Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) on Friday, the commission decided to approach lieutenant governor demanding his immediate sacking and registration of an FIR.
High-pitched drama unfolded here at the DCW office when Bharti’s lawyer exchanged heated arguments with the DCW chairperson Barkha Singh. She refused to entertain Bharti’s representation through his lawyer on legal grounds.
Advocate Rishikesh Kumar, who claimed to represent Bharti along with two colleagues, initially put forth his argument softly in presence of TV cameras, but after attending a phone call in office corridors, started shouting to put across his point. The tension was only amplified with the presence of barrage of journalists present in the DCW office.
“We can’t entertain representation from any lawyer. Who are you?” Barkha told Kumar, who retorted back, “Let you think of me as Bharti’s peon, if that can solve the problem.” Kumar, however, didn’t show any authorization letter from Bharti and condescendingly demanded to be heard stating that minister was too busy to come to DCW office.
The exchange of arguments turned ugly when Kumar shouted at the chairperson saying she was ‘deliberately not paying heed to them and wanted to create a scene.’ “We were just saying that Bharti should be given time to present himself before the commission. I was not representing him as a lawyer, but was just wearing uniform as I was on my usual job,” advocate Kumar told dna.
Kumar along with his colleagues, left DCW office fuming, unable to nudge any change in chairperson’s stand. The DCW has so far sent two summons to Bharti’s house asking him present himself before the commission.
Meanwhile, the SC pulled up the Delhi Police for allowing Kejriwal and his colleagues to hold dharna when prohibitory orders were in force.