The complainant wrote in the FIR, ‘… AAP’s Malviya Nagar MLA Somnath Bharti… asked me to turn into a prostitute… He has… also called me an agent of BJP'
New Delhi/Noida: Controversy's child Aam Admi Party MLA and former minister Somnath Bharti’s latest obnoxious act of abusing a TV journalist on live television has landed him in fresh trouble. The journalist has filed an FIR against Bharti in Noida.
It had all started with a heated political discussion where Bharti was on the panel via phone. When Bharti didn't like some questions from the journalist, he started hurling invectives at her to the extent of calling her a “prostitute”.
In the FIR, the complainant has said, "I am a journalist in Sudarshan News channel. AAP’s Malviya Nagar MLA Somnath Bharti abused me on live television and asked me to turn into a prostitute… He has not only abused me but also called me an agent of BJP."
The complainant has even alleged that Bharti threatened to shut the operations of Sudarshan News. She alleged, “By the use of his language, Somnath Bharti has crossed all level of decency while talking to a woman.”
The FIR has been lodged at the women's police station in Noida under IPC Section 504 and Section 509.
Section 504 deals with intentional insult with the intent to provoke breach of peace whereas Section 509 deals with word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman. On conviction, the first calls for an imprisonment up to two years while the second can imprison one for a year.
The incident has led to a furore with many taking to Twitter and expressing their shock and disgust at Bharti’s intemperate remarks made on live television.
What filth! Let all the TV anchors & channels boycott Somnath Bharti until & unless he publicly apologise to the concerned lady anchor. https://t.co/EoGHyRPVrz— Sharmistha Mukherjee (@Sharmistha_GK) November 20, 2018
Somnath Bharti asks a Woman reporter to do prostitution on live TV. AAP has been always about class.— अंकित जैन (@indiantweeter) November 20, 2018
Somnath Bharti— Kapil Mishra (@KapilMishra_IND) November 20, 2018
लाइव चैनल पर, एक युवा महिला पत्रकार को -
"भड़वागिरी बन्द करो, धंधे पर बैठ जाओ" pic.twitter.com/bXTFnk5Snd
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Last Updated Nov 21, 2018, 5:34 PM IST