Aam Aadmi Party legislator Somnath Bharti was arrested in New Delhi early today, hours after he surrendered regarding the speculations over murder and abusive behaviour at home case recorded by his wife. He was arrested around 4 am, Dependra Pathak, Joint Commissioner of Police (Southwest) said. Mr Bharti, who dodged capture for almost a week, had surrendered the previous evening hours after the Supreme Court requested him to surrender himself in the abusive behaviour at home and connection to murder case documented by his wife.
Mr Bharti has been held under different areas of the IPC including 307 (endeavor to kill), 420 (duping and untruthfulness), 406 (discipline for criminal break of trust), 417 (discipline for deceiving), 313 (bringing about unnatural birth cycle without lady’s assent), 324 (intentionally creating hurt), 498a (spouse of a lady subjecting her to mercilessness), 506 (discipline for criminal intimidation, said Mr Pathak.
“There was a warrant and I was availing legal remedies till the Honourable Supreme Court directed me to surrender. In compliance with the direction…I am here to surrender,” Mr Bharti had said.
FIR was registered on Delhi Law Minister at Dwarka North police station in accordance with complaint filed by his wife Lipika Mitra. A lawyer for Mr Bharti had said the previous evening that legislators father was unwell and that is the reason he couldn’t surrender last night as coordinated by the High court. Mr Bharti was “keeping away from” and not “avoiding” police, he had said.
Aam Aadmi Party had requested that Mr Bharti surrender “quickly” to maintain a strategic distance from “further shame” to the party and himself. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal hosted termed his party associate as a “shame”. Mr Bharti had neglected to get help from the Supreme Court as it rejected his petition that he be given time till tomorrow to surrender.
“We insist him to surrender before proper locale of the police. We don’t expect to pass any further request,” a bench including Chief Justice HL Dattu and Justice Amitava Roy had said. Mr Bharti’s counsel and senior advocate Gopal Subramaniam had presented that the entire episode was a result of the wedding debate in which the couple, as well as their two kids were likewise sufferers. The court ought to remember this while listening to Mr Bharti’s allure against the dismissal of his expectant safeguard by the trial court and the Delhi High Court, he had fought.