Congress attacks Bharti for questioning CBI judge

Posted on January 14, 2014 from Delhi ι Report #155

New Delhi, Jan 14 (IANS) The Congress Tuesday raised questions over the continuance of Somnath Bharti as Delhi's law minister after he termed as "erroneous" a CBI judge accused him of tampering with evidence in a case he was handling last year.

"People in this country respect the judiciary the most. Our judiciary is independent and nothing can be more serious than raising questions on it," said Congress Delhi chief Arvinder Singh Lovely.

"Whether a department like law should be headed by a person who is himself accused of breaking the law is a matter of concern," he added.

According to media report, an order was passed by then CBI Special Judge Poonam A. Bamba when she pulled up Bharti and his client Pawan Kumar - facing prosecution on corruption charges - after the CBI accused them of influencing a prosecution witness by speaking to him on phone and discussing the case.

Bharti said that it was "erroneous on the part of the judge to call it tampering of evidence" and that he was instead "strengthening evidence" for the case.

Earlier, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal defended the minister, saying no tampering of the evidence was done.