Condemning Bharti’s statement, NCW member Nirmala Samant Prabhawalkar said, “It is his political fight. He cannot drag the commission into this for his political motives.”

Prabhawalkar added that it was inappropriate for the Delhi Law Minister to challenge a constitutionally appointed body.

Bharti, who courted controversy over his action against an alleged sex-and-drugs ring in south Delhi, earlier in the day said that the DCW’s move against him was ‘politically motivated’.

Meanwhile, DCW chairperson Barkha Singh on Saturday said there was no politics involved in the move against Bharti.

"It is a routine probe," she said.

“The kind of blame he is putting on the women's commission shows that he knows he is guilty,” she added.

Bharti had sent a lawyer to represent him before the Delhi Women’s Commission, which had issued summons to him on complaints from five Ugandan women of harassment at the hands of a mob led by the minister.

The complaints concerned the midnight raid on January 15 led by Bharti in connection with complaints of a drug-and-prostitution racket in Khirki Extension of south Delhi. Bharti was summoned on Friday.

The Delhi Commission of Women refused to allow his lawyer to represent Bharti, saying the commission's rules did not allow this.


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