New Delhi: A chargesheet was filed against Delhi’s former law minister Somnath Bharti and 17 others for molestation and creating a ruckus during the Jan 16 midnight raid on a house in south Delhi, police said Wednesday.

Delhi Police filed the chargesheet before Metropolitan Magistrate Chetna Singh September 29.

The 18 accused are formally charged under 16 sections of the Indian Penal Code, including 153-A (promoting enmity between classes), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 354 (outraging modesty of women), 509 (uttering any word or making any gesture intended to insult the modesty of a woman), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 147 (rioting).

Magistrate Singh on Wednesday referred the matter to the chief metropolitan magistrate.

Police in over 100 pages of charge sheet has cited around 40 prosecution witnesses, including nine African woman.

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