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Midnight raid: Court to order lodging of fresh FIR tomorrow

Somnath Bharti

A Delhi court will pronounce tomorrow its order on a plea by another African woman seeking registration of fresh FIR against unknown persons 
Somnath BhartiNew Delhi: A Delhi court will pronounce tomorrow its order on a plea by another African woman seeking registration of fresh FIR against unknown persons for allegedly molesting her during the recent midnight raid by a group purportedly led by city Law Minister Somnath Bharti.

Metropolitan Magistrate Chetna Singh today reserved the order after Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) B S Jaiswal had refused to register separate case saying that she had been made witness in the first FIR relating to the same incident.

The DCP’s report was vehemently opposed by the Ugandan woman’s counsel Rakesh Sherawat saying the “incident is common but the complainant is also a victim in the incident and she was also molested by few people out of the group of 10 and hence the offence on her body was committed separately”.

“I will pass the order tomorrow,” the judge said, after both police and the complainant’s counsel submitted their reply, as sought by it on January 25.

The police on January 19 had lodged a FIR against unknown persons under various sections of the IPC, including 153-A (promoting enmity between classes), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 354 (outraging women modesty), 509 (uttering any word or making any gesture intended to insult the modesty of a woman), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 147 (rioting) at the Malviya Nagar police station.

The FIR was lodged by police on court’s direction after an Ugandan woman had approached the court on January 18 seeking to lodge a criminal case against unknown persons.

Later, the second African woman had moved the court seeking registration of a separate FIR alleging she was also molested by the group.

The second woman had claimed that the group had forcibly held her hands and took her out of the house along with her sisters who resides with her.

PTI

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