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FIR lodged in raid ordered by Delhi minister

Somnath Bharti
Somnath Bharti, Law Minister

New Delhi, January 19
The Delhi Police today registered an FIR against unknown persons following a complaint of harassment by some African women by a group shortly after Law Minister Somnath Bharti accused the foreign nationals of indulging in drugs and prostitution.

The FIR was lodged at Malviya Nagar Police Station following a direction by a city court. Bharti's name is not mentioned in the FIR.

Metropolitan Magistrate Chetna Singh had earlier directed that video footage of the incident in south Delhi last week be shown to the foreign nationals for identification.

Television footage on news channels had shown Bharti asking police officers to conduct the raid, saying he had received complaints of drugs and prostitution racket in that area. The women refuted the charge.

The court ordered registration of an FIR under sections 451 (house trespass), 427 (mischief), 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) of the IPC. The women two Nigerians and two Ugandans had approached the court yesterday with the application seeking registration of an FIR. PTI

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