A Delhi Police team met Congress leader Rahul Gandhi at his residence on Sunday as part of an investigation launched in response to his remark that “women are still being sexually assaulted” during the Bharat Jodo Yatra, and asked him to provide information about the “victims” so that their complaints could be investigated.
The Congress MP in response submitted a four-page preliminary reply, stating that he will give a “detailed response in the next 8-10 days”.
From the arrival of Delhi Police at the Wayanad MP’s residence to the 10-point preliminary reply submitted by the Congress leader, here are the key points:
Delhi Police Arrive At Gandhi’s Residence:
The police team, led by Special Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Sagar Preet Hooda, arrived at Gandhi’s 12, Tughlaq Lane residence in the high-security area around 10 am and met the Congress leader after two hours, news agency PTI reported citing officials, who added that it left around 1 pm.
Security had been beefed up around Gandhi’s residence. As the police team was inside, Congress leaders Pawan Khera, Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Jairam Ramesh, and others arrived.
Outside, a group of party workers chanted slogans. Some Congress workers were detained, escorted to a nearby police station, and then released.
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Congress Calls The Move ‘Vendetta, Intimidation And Harassment’:
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, party general secretary Jairam Ramesh, and national spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said the move was a clear case of “vendetta, intimidation, and harassment” to create an atmosphere against the former Congress chief.
Gehlot cautioned that the central government was setting a poor example by registering cases based on statements made by opposition leaders during electoral campaigns and that BJP leaders, including Union ministers, could face similar action based on remarks made in states not ruled by it.
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BJP Responds To Move, Says ‘Rahul Should Provide Details So That Victims Can Get Justice’:
The BJP, on the other hand, said that Gandhi should provide the information sought by the police so that the victims can get justice.
According to party spokesperson Sambit Patra, police should have information regarding the instances described by Gandhi, which is why the Delhi Police followed the legal procedure and met with the Congress politician for more information.
He lashed out at Congress, claiming the party is suddenly crying “democracy is in danger” because of the lawful action of the police.
“At BJY, Rahul Gandhi claimed to have met women who told him they had been raped and molested but had not received justice. The Delhi police have been seeking for details, but Rahul has refused to provide them.
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Rahul Gandhi Submits Four-Page Response To Delhi Police:
Gandhi referred to the Delhi police’s actions as “unprecedented” in his 10-point response and raised three questions. First, he stated that he hopes it has “nothing to do with the position he took in Parliament and elsewhere on various issues, including the Adani case,” according to news agencies citing sources.
Second, Gandhi questioned the “urgency of Delhi police in making the visits after an initial gap of more than 45 days” following his remarks on January 30. Third, he asked if “any other political party (including the ruling BJP), was ever asked similar questions over their political campaigns”.
Meanwhile, the Delhi police said that while they received the preliminary response, Gandhi did not share any information that could advance the investigation.
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(With Inputs From PTI, ANI)