In a press conference, Delhi Education minister Manish Sisodia demanded the SHO's suspension over the row, accusing him of supporting his men who "misbehaved" with the law minister by not obeying his orders of conducting a raid on his insistence, without even having a warrant. He also blamed the media for taking sides with the cops.
However, cops have a different story altogether. They allege Bharti of "violating laws" by asking PCR personnel to frisk the Nigerian women for drugs, without a warrant. He also called them "sex workers".
Ironically, medical tests conducted on them tested negative for drugs.
The woman who had been arrested claimed that they were beaten by men who were not in uniform and were dragged into the car. "It was the Delhi police who helped us," she further added on anonymity.
Late on Wednesday night, Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti was seen shouting at Delhi police personnel when he insisted on a surprise raid on what he claimed to be a prostitution racket led by Nigerian nationals.
He also suggested that they were into drug trafficking too in the Khirki village area. "We asked the police to conduct a raid. Initially they tried persuading me to not conduct this raid. Later they refused to conduct the raid. If they do not listen to a Law Minister how will they help the common man," Bharti had said.
Meanwhile, Governor Najeeb Jung ordered a probe into the matter and asked for a report in 30 days.