An FIR has been lodged against AAP MLA Somnath Bharti by a female tv anchor for using foul language during a live debate on a TV channel.
An FIR was filed at the women’s police station in Section 39A on Wednesday against Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Somnath Bharti for allegedly misbehaving with a female employee (the anchor) of a private news channel.
The incident occurred during a live debate in which the anchor was discussing the chilli powder attack on Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. During the segment, tempers ran high and it ended with the MLA accusing the anchor of allegedly being the spokesperson of other political parties and misusing her power. Bharti also allegedly asked the anchor to ‘become a prostitute’.
Bharti, however, denied the allegations and said that the contents of the audio recording manipulated. “I was deeply hurt by the attack on the CM. I was supposed to talk to five/six channels in the evening. When I spoke with this channel. I did not know who was on the other side (man or woman). I was angry but my comments are being taken out of context. The comments were not meant to hurt her. By dhandha I meant business not prostitution,” he said.
A case was registered under Sections 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) and 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of the Indian Penal Code.
“We are looking into the matter and will take statements from all the concerned parties after which we will conduct our investigation,” said Sita Singh, station house officer of women’s police station.