No one visited Somnath Bharti: Uganda HC rubbishes AAP's claims

No one visited Somnath Bharti: Uganda HC rubbishes AAP's claims
Kolkata, Jan 22: So, was Arvind Kejriwal, the 'so-honest' CM of Delhi, lying about Ugandan mission's visit? A report published by The Telegraph claims so. According to the report, Ugandan Mission never visited the law minister Somnath Bharti or congratulated him for conducting the raid.

Kejriwal had claimed that an official from the Uganda high commission here visited Bharti on Monday and handed over letters supporting his decision to lead a mob that accused four Ugandan and two Nigerian women in south Delhi of drug trafficking and prostitution last Wednesday. "A woman from the Ugandan mission came to meet Somnath Bharti last evening and told him ‘you did very well, many women from our country are being trafficked'," Kejriwal said. "She brought a letter."

But the Uganda high commission told The Telegraph that none of its staff was in New Delhi over the past three days, and that no one from the mission spoke to or met anyone from the Aam Aadmi Party.

Uganda has registered a formal protest with the ministry of external affairs, accusing the AAP of lying . Already many African missions in Delhi have accused Bharti of racism.

The foreign office, which is required to keep tabs on the whereabouts of foreign mission staff posted in India, confirmed that no Ugandan mission staff was in New Delhi over the past three days. "I can confirHowever, Bharti said that the African nation was acting under pressure from the Indian government.

"Uganda is a small country, and it is doing this under pressure from the Indian government," Bharti told The Telegraph, before levelling an allegation against the foreign office. "The Indian high commission in Uganda is involved in sex trafficking, that's why the Indian government is covering this up."

Bharti, at the same time, refused to name the official who visited him.

Of the two letters flashed by AAP as evidence to the Ugandan Mission's visit, one is from the former defence adviser at the Uganda high commission George J. Etyang to a superior in Kampala, is dated June 19, 2013 - seven months ago. It details allegations of sex trafficking in Kampala and New Delhi that victimised a Ugandan woman.

The second letter, from the woman, is addressed to the Ugandan high commission, and details how she was forced into sex trafficking in Malviya Nagar. This victim left New Delhi for Kampala on June 19, 2013, the first letter states.

But neither relates to controversial raid on Wednesday. "Those are internal letters, and were written in a completely different context to what the Delhi minister did on Wednesday night," the Ugandan high commission official said.

The four Ugandan and two Nigerian women who faced the mob's fury have complained to Delhi police, which have registered an FIR against "unknown persons" - the standard terminology used when the identity of all those accused is not known. They have also complained to the Ugandan high commission.

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