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Court Issues Warrant Against Somnath Bharti In Domestic Violence Case

Somnath Bharti

AAP MLA Somnath Bharti, who is embroiled in a domestic violence case filed by his wife, is facing arrest. Delhi Court Special Judge Arvind Kumar has passed an order of bailable warrant against Bharti. He has instructed him to appear before the court on April 27, reported IE. The MLA had earlier neglected to appear before the court.

On March 20, the Delhi HC had allowed Bharti and his wife, Lipika Mitra, to sort out their problems through mediation. This was because the two expressed the desire to settle their differences. Bharti had moved the application in a pending plea filed by his wife against a trial court order granting him bail in the case.

In June 2015, Mitra had filed a complaint against the MLA from Malviya Nagar assembly at the DCW. Delhi police lodged an FIR in September 2015 against Bharti in the case of domestic violence and attempt to murder his wife

The chargesheet filed on April 5, 2016, states that Bharti had unleashed his dog on Mitra while she was pregnant. Bharti had denied the allegations. He was sent to jail by the trial court where he stayed for eight days before he was granted bail in October 2015.

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In June 2015, Mitra had filed a complaint against the MLA from Malviya Nagar assembly at Delhi Commission for Women. Delhi police later lodged an FIR in September 2015 against Bharti in the case of domestic violence and attempt to murder his wife.

Police arrested Bharti on 29 September, 2015, after the apex court released an order for him to surrender. However, the trial court bailed him out on the ground that the investigators don’t require him anymore for probe. Also, since he is a member of Delhi Assembly, he cannot flee the country.

It’s high time the lawmaker came clean on the matter.

Picture credit- The Hindu

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