The police have filed a complaint against Women and Child Welfare Minister Rakhi Birla, Law Minister Somnath Bharti – for allegedly interfering into police investigations.

Earlier in the day, Kejriwal and Police Commissioner BS Bassi met the Lt Governor over the issue. The meeting was held at Jung's official residence, where two ministers - Rakhi Birla and Somnath Bharti- were present.

The Delhi Police have also rejected Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s order to suspend the SHOs who allegedly argued with the Law Minister over carrying raids.

According to the sources, the Delhi Police Commissioner has snubbed the Chief Minister’s order saying that no cop will be suspended as they have followed the correct rules and regulations in the whole episode.

Kejriwal is now expected to meet Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde and bring the issue into his notice.

Warning the Delhi Police, the Chief Minister has demanded the suspension of the Station House Officers (SHOs) of the Sagarpur and Malviya Nagar police stations and two Assistant Commissioners of Police (ACPs). A source said that police officers against whom the two ministers have complained were also present.

Late on Wednesday, Somnath Bharti had a heated tiff with Delhi Police officials when he on his own initiative raided a house in south Delhi on suspicion that a narcotics and sex den was being run by some foreign nationals from the premises. Bharti made a call to police from outside the house around midnight. The police after arriving at the spot refused to search the house stating that they did not have a search warrant.

Bharti argued with the police officials demanding raid into the house. He later left the spot complaining that police did not heed the minister's bidding. Bharti made a faux pas on Wednesday when he issued a press release naming the Danish woman who was gang-raped in Delhi, which is against the law. He soon issued another press release without the name. But he attracted flak for revealing the woman's name.

The other minister against whom Delhi Police complained is Women and Child Welfare Minister Rakhi Birla who had gone to Safdarjung Hospital on Wednesday night to meet a 24-year-old woman who was allegedly set on fire by her in-laws. Birla alleged that when she had gone to meet the station house officer of Sagarpur Police Station in west Delhi, to find out details of the case, the officer was missing.

Birla said that she had spoken on phone with the officer from Safdarjung Hospital and told him she was coming to meet him. However, when she reached the police station, the officer had left as his duty hours were over. The inspector who had come as duty replacement declined to go with her to the burnt woman's house in the area.

On Thursday evening, Arvind Kejriwal held a press conference with Bharti and Birla sitting alongside him. He demanded that action be taken against police officials in both the cases. The Delhi Police Commissioner had said the he would look into the matter.

JPN/Agencies

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