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MEA rebuts Arvind Kejriwal's claim on Ugandan official meeting Somnath Bharti

Monday, 20 January 2014 - 11:22pm IST Updated: Monday, 20 January 2014 - 11:23pm IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: PTI

Ministry of External Affairs today rejected Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's claim that a Ugandan official had met his Law minister Somnath Bharti in connection with an alleged sex racket, and said Aam Aadmi Party was playing with the "reputation" of India.

Hours after Kejriwal produced an internal letter purportedly written by a Ugandan official to his government mentioning an incident of a Ugandan woman being "duped" on pretext of a job offer here and forced into prostitution, the MEA said the letter was of June 2013 and since then that government has never raised this issue with India.

"We have been told by the Ugandan mission that none of its officials have met Delhi government ministers," Official Spokesperson in the External Affairs Ministry said.

Meanwhile, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said the Aam Admi Party was creating problems with the friendly countries.

"It is completely wrong (that any Ugandan official has met AAP leaders). They are not here. The High Commissioner is not here.... I am accustomed to seeing these kind of letters which they transpose and play around with. This is a letter of June 2013....

"It is sad that they are playing with country's reputation. You are playing with country's relationship with friendly countries. I cannot think of anything greater in terms of betrayal of this country then what is being done." Kejriwal, who is on a dharna outside the Rail Bhavan in the heart of the capital, had claimed that a woman official from the Uganda High Commission came to Bharti and gave him a letter regarding the alleged sex racket in the city.

According to the Chief Minister, the woman told Somnath Bharti, "You did very well. Many women from our country are being trafficked".

With the letter, Kejriwal tried to vindicate his government's and Law Minister's action against the alleged prostitution and drug peddling racket in Khirke extension and Malviya Nagar.

Kejriwal also rejected allegation of being "racist".

The letter released by Kejriwal to media was written in June 2013 by the Defence Advisor of the Uganda High Commission to the Chief of Military Intelligence in Kampala and said a Ugandan woman was "duped" into accepting to come to Delhi on pretext of giving her a job here.

However, on reaching Delhi, the woman was introduced into prostitution, but she refused.

"I was staying with her (sex trafficker who duped the woman) in Malviya Nagar Near Sai Baba Mandir. She was bringing men everyday to me and forcing me to sleep with them, but I refused to do so as I have never done that in my whole life and came here only for job," the letter, which carried the victim's statement, said.

Apart from it, the party claimed that the Shiv Mandir Sanstha and the Khirki Village Residents Welfare Association also wrote several letters to the Delhi Police complaining about an alleged prostitution and drug racket, but it fell on deaf ears.

The letters, which were also distributed to the media, claimed that "African/Nigerian ladies" were involved in illegal activities. 


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