AAP MLA Somnath Bharti was on Monday denied anticipatory bail by a trial court in the domestic case filed against him by his wife Lipika Mitra. Refusing to give any protection from arrest to Bharti, the court said that charges against him were “serious”. During the hearing, Delhi police strongly opposed Bharti’s plea and said he needs to be arrested and interrogated at length. Police also told the court that alot of recoveries need to be made at Bharti’s instance which would reveal crucial facts of the case. The public prosecutor told the court that they need to recover the telephonic conversations between Bharti and Lipika. He also said that Bharti’s dog, which allegedly attacked Lipika, needs to be found.
Opposing Bharti’s bail, the prosecutor said that because of his ” influential status”, people are not coming forward to depose against him. Bharti’s lawyer, on the other hand, pressed for Bharti’s bail, saying no charges were made out against him. Bharti’s counsel Vijay Aggarwal said that Bharti is being made to suffer because Delhi police and Bharti’s political party are at loggerheads.
During the proceedings, Bharti’s lawyer also said that Bharti would want to reconcile with his wife and “woo her back”. However, Lipika, who was present in the court, said that she would never want to reconcile with Bharti as he would again subject her to torture.
Bharti has been booked for various offences and under several sections of the Indian Penal code (IPC), including domestic violence and attempt to murder. Police had filed the FIR following the June 10 complaint of Lipika made before the Delhi Commission for Women.
It was alleged in the complaint by Mitra that Bharti had been abusing her ever since their marriage in 2010. She has also claimed that Bharti beat and tortured her and even tried to kill her once.