Friday, January 24, 2014

AAP's Defence of its Law Minister

It is entirely possible that a sex and drugs racket was going on in the Khirkiyan locality, that the police had not done anything to stop it despite representations from the residents, that the Law Minister responded to the appeal of his constituents, and that he went to the place at night to satisfy himself that the complaint was right, before taking action. The moot question is, however, whether his actions after he reached the place were justified.

Since the Law Minister could not have seen what was going on in the houses from the roadside, it seems reasonable to ask how the Minister satisfied himself, and  how Yogendra Yadav, Kejriwal and all other AAP leaders are so sure, that a sex and drugs racket was going on in the particular house which the Minister wanted raided: does the sight of condom etc in a car prove  that prostitution was going on in that house? Also, since AAP leaders like Yogendra Yadav and Ashutosh  have been laying so much stress on what they have and what they have not seen in TV footage, and since it is known that TV crews were invited there by the Minister,I think AAP can reasonably be asked to produce the footage showing the activities of the Minster after his arrival on the spot. That should settle the questions whether he and his men man-handled the Ugandan women or not and whether they forced police to take urine samples by the road-side or not. If AAP does not produce the footage, then the matter rests on what witnesses have to say  In that case, why should the statements of the Ugandan women be discounted? Because they are blacks?

There is also the issue of the Law Minister pressing the police to raid a house even after the police officer had told him that it was not legally permissible. Surely, if the police officer was wrong in saying this, he could have been suspended the next morning and prosecuted for dereliction of duty.That would have taught the police a proper lesson. Instead of that he chose to berate the officer in public. Can it be accepted as responsible conduct?

 The concerted efforts of AAP leaders like Kejriwal  to overawe the police (hum unko theek kar denge), instead of pressing for police reforms, also raises questions. There is certainly big money in sex and drug rackets.The AAP leaders have alleged  that Delhi police collects money from everyone and passes it up; do they not want to stop it but only want a change in the direction of this flow? If they want to stop it, then why is it that they have not raised their voice for police reforms which the Supreme Court has mandated?

Since the AAP people are experts in 'sting' operations, it would be much better if instead of making a general  allegation, they would carry out a 'sting' to show which girl is taking money from boys, and inviting him to which house. It would also better serve public purpose if they were to 'sting' some corrupt police officers (which should not be too difficult considering that, according to Kejriwal, 90 percent of Delhi police is corrupt) instead of starting a war against the Delhi police.

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