According to Delhi Police Special CP (L&O) Sagar Preet Hooda, police officials met with Rahul Gandhi to discuss details of victims of “sexual harassment,’ and the politician requested time to assemble the information. Hooda said that the Congress MP requested more time since the yatra was quite lengthy and he visited many people.
According to ANI, Hooda said, “We held a meeting with Rahul Gandhi. He said he needs some time and will give us the information which we’ve asked for. Today we’ve served a notice which has been accepted by his office and if questioning needs to be done then we will do it.”
“Rahul Gandhi said it was a long yatra and he met many people and needs time to compile it. He has assured us that he will give the information soon and we will begin our proceedings as soon as we receive the information,” the officer further said.
Rahul Gandhi said it was a long yatra and he met many people and needs time to compile it. He has assured us that he will give the information soon and we will begin our proceedings as soon as we receive the information: Special CP(L&O) Sagar Preet Hooda pic.twitter.com/2bJgPM3CRd
— ANI (@ANI) March 19, 2023
The police arrived at Rahul Gandhi’s house in Delhi earlier in the day, days after handing him a notice to provide information about women who shared their experiences of “sexual harassment’ with him during his Bharat Jodo Yatra in Srinagar, Jammu, and Kashmir.
After meeting with Delhi police officials, Rahul Gandhi, a leader of the Congress party, was seen leaving his home.
#WATCH | Congress leader Rahul Gandhi leaves from his residence after a team of Delhi police led by Special CP (L&O) Sagar Preet Hooda met him to seek information about the 'sexual harassment' victims who met him during Bharat Jodo Yatra. pic.twitter.com/4u14OYEc0z
— ANI (@ANI) March 19, 2023
Congress responded angrily to the news, claiming that it was not feasible without Union Home Minister ‘Amit Shah’s instruction.
According to Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, police came to Rahul Gandhi’s house after receiving instructions from Home Minister Amit Shah. He said, “Without Amit Shah’s order, it is not possible that police could show such audacity to enter the house of a national leader without any reason. Rahul Gandhi said that he has received the notice and he will reply to it but still, the police went to his house.”
In response to the news, Congress spokesman Pawan Khera told reporters that he had been stopped from getting on the road that leads to Rahul Gandhi’s home.
“Are they afraid of Rahul Gandhi, or are they trying to scare him? Either case, they are wrong,” Khera said.
Party MP Jairam Ramesh said that everything is being done to shift attention away from the opposition parties’ demand for a JPC investigation into Adani’s stocks.
“16 Opposition parties except TMC are demanding JPC but suddenly they (BJP) brought up an issue of what Rahul Gandhi said in London. They are presenting his statement in a distorted manner to divert attention from JPC and to defame Congress and Rahul Gandhi,” he told ANI.
He said, “It has been 45 days since Bharat Jodo Yatra ended. They (Delhi police) are going for questioning after 45 days. If they are so much concerned why didn’t they go to him in February? Rahul Gandhi’s legal team will respond to it as per law.”