New Delhi: Ignoring AAP government's view, Lt Governor Najeeb Jung has given his nod to prosecute former Delhi law minister and party MLA Somnath Bharti in connection with alleged misbehaviour with African women during a midnight raid in south Delhi in January, 2014.
"LG has given the police sanction to prosecute Bharti. However, home minister Satyendra Jain recently suggested that prosecution sanction should not be given against Bharti," LG office sources said.
The sources said that taking cognisance of seriousness of the case, Jung has given his approval for Bharti's prosecution.
Earlier this year, a court had asked the police to get prosecution sanction against Bharti from the competent authority.
The LG's decision comes amid a running turf battle with Arvind Kejriwal government and is likely to further embitter relations between the two.
In its charge sheet filed in September last year, police had said that "nine African women were victims of molestation and manhandling by a mob led by Bharti" in Khirki Extension area.
On the intervening night of January 15-16, Bharti and his supporters had allegedly forcibly detained and threatened some African women during a confrontation with police in his constituency of Malviya Nagar here over inaction against a suspected drug and prostitution ring.
Bharti, who was then a minister in the AAP government, had denied the charges.
The former Delhi's law minister is not the only AAP MLA facing legal troubles. On June 9, the then Law Minister in AAP government Jitender Singh Tomar was arrested on charges of possessing fake degrees. Tomar later resigned from the Cabinet. In July, AAP MLA from Kondli Manoj Kumar was arrested in connection with a case of alleged cheating and land grabbing.
Bharti, known for courting controversies, faced flak yesterday for saying that "beautiful women" would be able to go out at midnight provided AAP government takes over policing system in the national capital.