"LG has given the police sanction to prosecute Bharti. However, Mome Minister Satyendra Jain recently suggested that prosecution sanction should not be given against Bharti," LG office sources said.

The sources informed 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 over inaction against a suspected drug and prostitution ring.

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