Najeeb Jung Threatened to File Police Case Against Me, Says Somnath Bharti

NEW DELHI: Aam Aadmi Party leader MLA Somnath Bharti alleged that Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung had “threatened” to register a First Information Report against him after he raised the issue of change of land use of a plot from a nursery school to a BJP office at Delhi Development Authority meeting today, a charge strongly rubbished by the LG’s office.

Mr Bharti claimed Mr Jung threatened to register a police case against him during the meeting of DDA today.

The meeting took place at the Raj Niwas to “confirm” the minutes of the previous meet held on September 23, in which Mr Bharti was “not present”.

“The Delhi government had given several requests for land for schools and hospitals. Nothing is happening on that end and here land is being given to the BJP for political purpose, which was earlier alloted for building a nursery school, Mr Bharti said.

He further said, “I wanted to know if any study had been done to ascertain whether people want a school or not. They were not responding to my questions, but I kept on asking about it. I also furnished all letters from Delhi government demanding land for school and hospital… the LG said he will see to that an FIR is registered against me.”

Mr Bharti said Najeeb Jung ended the meeting abruptly.

Mr Bharti claimed that Mr Jung had also asked whether anyone was recording the meeting.

The LG’s office, however, denied the charges made by Bharti. “There was some argument between BJP leaders and Somnath Bharti. He was creating ruckus in the meeting. His charge of LG threatening is totally baseless and LG’s office strongly rubbishes the charge,” an official at the LG secretariat said.

The MLA from south delhi’s Malviya Nagar and former Delhi Law Minister claimed that BJP legislator O P Sharma and BJP’s Delhi unit chief Satish Upadhyay also “badmouthed” him.

“They said, I was better in jail. This shows the BJP is misusing the police. They are showing AAP legislators and workers the threat of police to shut our mouth,” Mr Bharti said.

Meanwhile, the DDA said Mr Bharti created a “situation” saying, “He (Bharti) was not present in the last meeting when the decision was taken to move the proposal to public objections and suggestion phase. And, in today’s meeting he wanted that decision to be reverted,” the official said.

“The Minutes of Meeting once done cannot be changed, as they reflect the decision taken. And, since he was not present in the previous meeting, how can he asked for the decision to be reverted,” DDA said.