Khirki raid: L-G Najeeb Jung gives nod to open up prosecution against Somnath Bharti


The standoff between Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung and the Delhi government took a new turn on Tuesday when Jung cleared AAP MLA Somnath Bharti’s prosecution for being a part of the infamous Khirki Extension midnight raid last year.

The Delhi police had been reportedly waiting for over eight months to get necessary sanctions against Bharti in connection with the raid that allegedly targeted African women in the dark South Delhi area.

The police required sanction under Section 196 of the Criminal Procedure Code (prosecution for offences against the state and for criminal conspiracy to commit such offence).

That nod was so far caught up in a bureaucratic tangle but with the LG’s permission, trouble is very much back for Bharti and the Aam Aadmi Party.

Bharti had also kicked up a controversy earlier on Monday when he seemed to suggest ‘beautiful women’ will be able to go out at midnight in the national capital provided the AAP government takes over the policing system.

“I am fully confident that if Delhi government is given full freedom (over security), beautiful women will be able to go out even after midnight without any fear. “We will provide a fully-secure Delhi…,” Bharti allegedly said during a special Delhi assembly session on women safety yesterday.

However, Bharti later clarified his comments on Twitter saying he only meant “beautiful women laden with jewelries can travel.”

Bharti’s comment invited sharp criticism from both Congress and the BJP.

“It is absolutely disgusting and derogatory towards women, but it is not surprising coming from someone who defied law even when he was law minister. It really shows his attitude,” DPCC chief spokesperson Sharmistha Mukherjee said.

“The remark shows what he thinks about women. It is highly objectionable remark of Bharti. He made a comment in presence of chief minister who did not stop him from using such words for women,” said senior BJP leader Vijendra Gupta, who is an opposition leader in the Delhi assembly.


  • Sun Sunny

    And BJP’ Puppet n Slave LG pounces on Master’ Bone again !! Bites AAP again !!

  • bond4u

    This how Somanth think about women. He think they are beautiful and one day they can travel without fear in middle of night. How dare he called women beautiful and they can walk fearlessly ???
    How dare Somanth to even dream about such system where women can walk without fear of sexual assaults? We have perfect system given by Congress and BJP from over 60 year which keep women as slaves and in Burgua/Ghooghat

  • Abhi Ghosh