Delhi’s home minister, Satyendra Jain, on Monday alleged that Lieutenant Governor, Najeeb Jung, had not consulted him for his advice before giving sanction to prosecute AAP MLA Somnath Bharti in the 2014 Khirki Extension midnight raid case.
According to PTI, Jain accused Jung of being in a hurry to take a decision on this issue and warned that was considering raising this matter with the council of ministers.
He said, “”On July 3, the LG gave the police sanction to prosecute Bharti without considering the Home department’s recommendation. On August 3, the Chief Minister’s office received the file, which was later sent to me and on August 5, the LG’s office called us asking to notify it at the earliest.”
Jain expressed his surprise over the fact that Jung was showing ‘so much of interest in notifying a prosecution sanction order” adding that he had sent sent back the file to LG’s office on Thursday.
He said, “If he wanted to take action on the merit of the case then he should have considered the Home department’s view. LG should work on the advice of council of ministers and as he has declined our advice. I will raise the issue before the council of ministers.”
Jain also repeated his leader Arvind Kejriwal’s allegations that Jung was following the central government’s instructions.
“I think he is working under immense pressure from BJP. This case is over one year old and he (LG) had complete control of Delhi during that time. He could have taken the decision then. What provoked him to give his nod just before the Special Assembly session? There should be no politics over these issues.”
The Delhi CM too had accused Jung of working under pressure from the BJP, particularly the PM Narendra Modi.
Earlier this year, a court had asked police to get prosecution sanction against Bharti from the competent authority.
In its charge sheet filed in September last year, police had said that “nine African women were victims of molestation and manhandling by a mob led by Bharti” in the Khirki Extension area.
Last year in January, Bharti, then a law minister in Arvind Kejriwal’s 49-day’s government, had allegedly detained and threatened some African women during a confrontation with police in his Malviya Nagar constituency over inaction against a suspected drug and prostitution racket.