LG didn’t consider our view on Bharti’s indictment: Jain

LG didn’t consider our view on Bharti’s indictment: Jain

Delhi Home Minister Satyendra Jain today alleged that Lt Governor Najeeb Jung did not consider his advice before giving nod to prosecute AAP MLA Somnath Bharti in the 2014 Khirki Extension midnight raid case and said he would take up the issue with the council of ministers.

Jain said the LG’s office went ahead without taking into consideration the Home department’s advice as “he was in a hurry to take a decision on the issue”.

“On July 31 rpt 31, 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.

“It is so shocking that the LG’s office is taking so much interest in notifying a prosecution sanction order. They also said if the Delhi government did not notify it, the LG’s office would go ahead and notify it,” Jain said.

Jain confirmed that he had yesterday sent back the file to the LG’s office.

He said the LG was in a hurry and questioned as to why Jung was “taking an interest in a particular case”.

“If he wanted to take action on the merit of the case then he should have considered the Home department’s view,” Jain said.

Citing a “difference of opinion”, the Home Minister said he will take up the matter with the council of ministers.

“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,” he said.

He alleged that Jung was working under pressure from BJP and following the party’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,” he said.

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