Top officers of the Delhi Police reached Rahul Gandhi’s residence Sunday morning in connection with his “women are still being sexually assaulted” remark during the pan-India foot march “Bharat Jodo Yatra.” The police had issued a notice to the Congress leader on March 16 asking him for details of the women who had approached him regarding sexual harassment.
Top Congress leaders, including Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, and Rajya Sabha MPs Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Jairam Ramesh, have also reached Gandhi’s residence.
Taking cognisance of social media posts, police had sent a questionnaire to the Congress leader. He is yet to respond to the same.
Delhi Police wants to know the details of those women from Rahul Gandhi so that legal action can be taken.
However, top Congress sources say there is no legal precedent to the notice being issued against Rahul Gandhi based either suo motu or on a complaint. The grand old party sees this as another tool of harassment deployed by the Delhi police. “There can be a statement, but they can’t compel him to reveal names of victims. The action is malicious and bogus,” they said.
Delhi Police sources say if he fails to give details, another notice will be served.
Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera questioned why the police is asking this question 45 days after the Yatra concluded. The government is “nervous,” he added.
Aam Aadmi Party leader and Delhi minister Saurabh Bhardwaj said, the Centre is ‘misusing’ probe agencies against RaGa. He, however, also took a dig at Congress, referring to its leaders’ remarks on Central agencies acting against AAP leaders.
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