Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday sent a preliminary four-page response to Delhi police’s opinion over his ‘women still being sexually assaulted’ remark made during the Bharat Jodo Yatra while questioning the process adopted by the authorities and a sudden urgency after a 45-day delay.
The Congress leader gave the 10-point answer hours after a Delhi police team knocked on his door for the third time in five days. He also asked for 8-10 days to give a detailed response to questions posed by Delhi police about his January 30 remarks, the sources said.
The police team led by Special Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Sagar Preet Hooda arrived at Rahul Gandhi’s residence at 12 Tughlaq Lane at around 10 a.m. and were able to meet the Congress leader after two hours, officials said, adding that the team had left. 1 p.m.
According to police, Mr Gandhi said in Srinagar during the Bharat Jodo Yatra that “I heard that women were still being sexually assaulted”, and since the Yatra had also passed through Delhi, they wanted to know if any victim came. was approached by Congress. chief here so they can initiate an investigation into the matter.
“The police had asked him to give details of these victims so that their safety could be assured,” an official said.
Sending a preliminary response shortly before 4 p.m., Rahul Gandhi called the police action ‘unprecedented’ and asked if it had anything to do with his stance taken both internally and externally. parliament on the Adani issue, sources said.
According to them, Mr Gandhi also asked what was the urgency of the Delhi police to carry out two visits in as many days after an initial hiatus of 45 days after delivering his speech in Srinagar.
The former congress leader, the sources said, asked if any other political party, including the ruling party, had been subjected to this type of scrutiny or questioning during their political campaigns.
An angry Congress condemned the action of the Delhi police and attacked the central government, calling it “the worst case of harassment and political vendetta”, but the BJP dismissed the accusation and said the police “don’t was only carrying out his lawful duty”.
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