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Midnight raid: NHRC directs Delhi Police to take action against Somnath Bharti

India on 01 April 2014
Location : New Delhi | Source : Zee News. Image Source: Flickr User Dying Regime

In more trouble for the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Monday directed the Delhi Police to take action against former Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti for leading a midnight raid at the residence of African nationals in New Delhi's Khirki Extension.

According to reports, activist-lawyer Shehzad Poonawala had petitioned against AAP leader Bharti in connection with the case. 

A judicial probe had already indicted former Delhi law minister for his action 

Bharti had gone to Khirki Extension with a group of party volunteers and local residents where he claimed that a drug and prostitution ring was being run by some Ugandan women. 

Bharti had initially asked the police to raid the house. When the police refused saying they did not have warrant to do so, he led the mob on the raid.

Delhi Police had registered a case in the matter on January 19 against unknown persons. 

A Ugandan woman had later filed an FIR in the case and identified Bharti. 

The BJP and the Congress had demanded immediate removal of Bharti from office, but the AAP, then ruling the state, supported him and said it would wait for the report of the judicial probe before taking any action.

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