Last week, Delhi’s law minister Somnath Bharti raised a storm in the Khirki Extension area, raiding houses where he alleged prostitution and sex rackets were being run. Anuradha Raman questions him:
You had several options before you, like writing letters to the police before taking the step of raiding Khirki extension on January 16 following complaints from the people living there. Did you follow the standard operating procedures available to you?
There were more than 20 complaints from the people in the area. Some of the complaints had been sent much before AAP came to power in December. As an MLA from Malviya Nagar, Khirki extension falls in the area, I should at least stand by my people. I also felt, unless and until I witnessed with my own eyes what was happening in the area, I would not take any action.
So, you decided to go out and confront reality with a mob?
I drove my car after getting a message around 11 30 pm that people had started assembling....