Khirki Extension case: Delhi court frames charges against AAP MLA Somnath Bharti

Khirki Extension case: Delhi court frames charges against AAP MLA Somnath Bharti

NEW DELHI: Delhi’s Patiala House Court on Tuesday framed charges against former Delhi minister and AAP MLA Somnath Bharti over the 2014 midnight raid in Khirki extension.

The Delhi court fixed September 4 and 7 for recording of the statements of witnesses.

On June 30, the court had ordered framing of molestation charges against Bharti. The court had asked what official duty prompted the AAP leader to assault helpless African women. In January 2014, Bharti had allegedly assaulted Ugandan woman in a south Delhi locality.

The court had ordered that charges be framed against Bharti and 16 others for offences of molestation, assault, threat, promoting enmity, rioting and others under the IPC.

It ordered framing of charges against Bharti and others under sections 147/149 (rioting), 354 (molestation), 354C (voyeurism), 342 (wrongful confinement), 506 (criminal intimidation), 143 (unlawful assembly), 509 (outraging a woman’s modesty), 153A (promoting enmity between two groups or religions), 323 (assault), 452 (house trespass), 427 (criminal trespass) and 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions) of the IPC.

The order was passed by Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal who said there was “a sufficient prima facie case against all the accused persons to proceed by framing of charges against them”.

An FIR was lodged by police in the case on the court’s direction after a Ugandan woman filed a plea on January 18, 2014. She had sought lodging of criminal case against unknown persons in the incident.

According to the charge sheet, on the intervening night of January 15-16, 2014, Bharti and 16 others reached Khirki Extension, Malviya Nagar and allegedly assaulted Ugandan women living in rented accommodation there.

(With inputs from agencies)

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