Delhi law minister engages in dispute with Delhi Police over raid

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New Delhi, Jan 16: Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti's effort to lead a surprise raid on what he alleged as a drug and prostitution ring has led to a major controversy involving him and the Delhi Police.

The police accused Bharti of trying to compel them to conduct a search on Wednesday night without the warrant and question women, which is prohibited by the law after dark.

A Nigerian women who was 'caught 'red-handecd during the raid was sent for a medical test to the AIIMS hospital and was reportedly found drug-free. The police have begun a probe into the case and will report to the Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung.

CM Kejriwal backed Bharti and warned the Delhi Police

According to the minister who addressed a press conference on the matter on Thursday, said he decided to check a building in Khirki Extension in his constituency in South Delhi after receiving complaints from the people about alleged sex trade. He accompanied the police to check the facts.

"The police were not in a mood to cooperate," he said. Bharti then reportedly went in with his team and caught the two women.

He said if the police didn't bother to listen to the law minister then how can the common people expect them to hear their grievances. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal backed his minister and warned the Delhi Police.

Bharti has found himself in trouble in more than one cases in recent times. A couple of days ago, he was accused of tampering with evidence as a defence lawyer in a case last year. He was also criticised for trying to call judges in a meeting soon after taking charge last month.

A few days ago, the law minister drew flak for allegedly disrupting a film-screening ceremony for delivering his speech after arriving an hour late.

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