Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday sent a four-page preliminary response to the Delhi Police notice on his remark about “women are still being sexually assaulted” made during the Bharat Jodo Yatra as he questioned the process adopted by the authorities and a sudden urgency after a period of 45 days. delay
The Congress leader gave the 10-point reply hours after a Delhi Police team knocked on his door for the third time in five days. He also asked for eight to 10 days to give a detailed reply to the questions raised by the Delhi Police during his statements on January 30, sources said.
The police team led by Special Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Sagar Preet Hooda reached Rahul Gandhi’s residence at 12 Tughlaq Lane around 10 am and was able to meet the Congress leader after two hours, officials said, adding that the team marched around. 1 p.m.
According to the police, Gandhi stated in Srinagar during the Bharat Jodo Yatra that “I have heard that women are still being sexually assaulted”, and since the Yatra had also passed through Delhi, they wanted to find out if any victims had approached the leader of the congress here so they can start an investigation into the matter.
“The police had asked him to give the details of these victims so that they could be provided security,” an official said.
Sending a preliminary reply shortly before 4pm, Gandhi called the police action “unprecedented” and asked if it had anything to do with his stand both inside and outside Parliament on the Adani issue, sources said.
According to them, Gandhi also asked what was the urgency of the Delhi Police to make two visits in as many days after an initial gap of 45 days after delivering his speech in Srinagar.
The former Congress leader, sources said, asked whether any other political party, including the ruling party, has come under this kind of scrutiny or questioning about their political campaigns.
An angry Congress has condemned the Delhi Police’s action and hit out at the central government, calling it “the worst case of harassment and political vendetta”, but the BJP rejected the charge, saying the police “he was only fulfilling his legal duty.”