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Court frames charges against ex-minister Somnath Bharti

New Delhi, July 17: A court here framed charges of molestation and trespass against Delhi’s former Law Minister Somnath Bharti, paving the way for trial in a case lodged after the Malviya Nagar MLA barged into the homes of nine Ugandan nationals in Khirki Extension, along with some followers, on the intervening night of January 15-16, 2014. After Bharti and others pleaded not guilty and claimed trial, Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) Samar Vishal posted the matter to September 4 for recording the statement of the prosecution witnesses.

The Patiala House Court in Delhi had on June 29 ordered that charges be framed against Bharti and 16 others in the case
The court framed charges against Bharti under various IPC sections, including rioting, molestation, wrongful confinement, outraging a woman’s modesty, assault, and criminal trespass.

Bharti had alleged that he had received many complaints from residents of the area about a drug and prostitution ring being run by the Ugandan nationals. But no drug recovery was made that night. Two FIRs were filed against Bharti. He also had an altercation with the police. The police charge sheet cited around 41 prosecution witnesses, including nine African women, to buttress the charges. (IANS)

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