Somnath Bharti denied bail, may be arrested soon

SansadTV Bureau

File picture of Somnath Bharti’s wife Lipika Mitra with former DCW Chiarperson Barkha Singh (PTI)

More trouble for AAP MLA and former Delhi minister Somnath Bharti. The Delhi High Court on Tuesday denied him an anticipatory bail in a domestic violence and an attempt to murder case lodged by his wife. Bharti now faces arrest.

“This petition (for anticipatory bail) is dismissed,” Justice Suresh Kait said.

Soon after the order was pronounced by the court, advocate Vijay Aggarwal, who appeared for Bharti, told the media that the MLA can be arrested, “but there are other legal remedies and many doors are still open”.

On September 17, the High Court reserved its verdict while protecting Bharti from arrest till pronouncement of its order.

But the court had also pulled up the MLA for going to the police station late at night.

“If he loves going to the police station call him to court tomorrow, I will send him to the station from here. Once you (Bharti) got protection, you act like a lion and go here and there?” the annoyed judge said.

Bharti had moved the High Court seeking protection from arrest after a trial court denied him anticipatory bail and another court issued a non-bailable warrant against him.

Bharti’s plea for anticipatory bail was rejected by the trial court observing that it was the second complaint filed against him by his wife Lipika Mitra. Lipika had alleged that he did not mend his conduct despite assurance before the Crime Against Women Cell of the police.

The district court had also rejected the MLA’s argument of doing away with the attempt to murder charge in the case. The court had rejected the MLAs argument by referring to an allegation in the FIR that said Bharti tried to strangulate his wife and unleashed his dog on her knowing that she was seven months pregnant.

Lipika had filed a complaint of domestic violence with Delhi Commission for Women on June 10 alleging that her husband had been abusing her since their marriage in 2010. She had also made a police complaint in the matter.

Post her complaint, the Delhi Police registered an FIR against Bharti under several sections of the IPC. The sections slapped were 307 (attempt to murder), 498A (cruelty towards wife), 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapon), 406 (criminal breach of trust), 313 read with 511 (attempt to cause miscarriage without woman’s consent), 420 (cheating) and 506 (criminal intimidation).

(With inputs from PTI)