Delhi’s former Law Minister and AAP MLA Somnath Bharti, who is accused in domestic violence and attempt to murder case, surrendered at Dwarka police station last night. The surrender comes hours after the end of deadline given by the Supreme Court. Before walking inside the police station, Mr Bharti said he has surrendered in compliance of the Apex Court order and he was not running away from law.
Earlier, a bench of the apex court directed Mr Bharti to surrender by yesterday evening in connection with the case filed against him by his wife Lipika Mitra. The bench rejected the plea of his counsel that Mr Bharti be given time till today to surrender. Supreme Court told the Malviya Nagar MLA to surrender first, then it will see whether matter should be referred to mediation centre. Apex court posted the matter for hearing on Thursday.
Mr Bharti had on 23rd of this month moved the apex court seeking protection from arrest in the case after Delhi High Court had dismissed his anticipatory bail plea, saying the allegations against him were backed by documentary proof. His wife had filed a complaint of domestic violence with Delhi Commission for Women on June 10th alleging that her husband had been abusing her since their marriage in 2010.
She had also given a complaint to the police in this regard. Police had registered an FIR against Mr Bharti in this connection under various sections including attempt to murder and criminal intimidation.