Defiant Arvind Kejriwal refuses to take action against Somnath Bharti, furious BJP lashes out at CM

Jan 23 2014, 21:12 IST
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SummaryThe row has acquired larger dimensions with BJP now targetting Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal.

Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party today ruled any action against Somnath Bharti even as pressure mounted on Delhi Chief Minister for removal of the controversial law minister for allegedly leading a group of assaulters in a mid-night raid in South Delhi last week.

Notwithstanding growing chorus for Somnath Bharti's sacking from Congress, BJP and other quarters, Arvind Kejriwal "has not changed" his position on the issue and is unlikely to take any action against the minister before completion of a judicial probe into the case, sources said.

Hardening stand against Somnath Bharti, a Congress delegation today met Lt Governor Najeeb Jung and asked him to direct the police to take immediate action against the minister as he was "not above law of the land".

"Delhi Police is not probing the case thoroughly. We have demanded the Lt Governor to direct Delhi Police to proceed as per law in this case. The Law Minister is not above the law. Whatever legal action is to be taken, should be taken. The LG has assured us of a fair probe," DPCC Chief Arvinder Singh Lovely, whose party is giving outside support to AAP government, told reporters after the meeting.

Arvind Kejriwal also had a meeting with Jung in the morning but when asked about it he said the Somnath Bharti issue was not discussed. "It was a routine meeting," he said.

The Law Minister was involved in a row with the police last week when they refused to raid a suspected drug and prostitution racket following which he allegedly led his supporters in forcing the women to give urine samples.

Three foreign women have till date recorded their statements before a magistrate, in which they have stated that Bharti, the MLA from Malviya Nagar, had barged into their house along with his supporters on the intervening night of January 15-16, according to court sources.

Delhi police has already registered a case on January 19 against unknown persons on a plea.

Stepping up pressure on AAP, a delegation of Delhi BJP led by its president Vijay Goel met Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi and demanded immediate action against Bharti.

"The BJP will not relent till Somnath Bharti is sacked," Goel said.

The party said law should prevail and proceedings against him for his "misdemeanour" should reach their logical conclusion. It also alleged "match fixing between Congress and AAP to somehow stop Narendra Modi".

A number of women's rights activists have also demanded action against

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