Somnath Bharti becoming embarrassment for party, Kejriwal


Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday said thaf former law minister Somnath Bharti should surrender to police and that by “running away” from arrest “he is becoming embarrassment for the party and his family”.

The chief minister said in a tweet,”Somnath should surrender. Why is he running away? Why is he so scared of going to jail? Now he is becoming embarrassment for party n his family.”

He added,”He should cooperate with police.”

Somnath Bharti’s wife Lipika Mitra also retweeted on Kejriwal’s tweet, “CM has taken notice, I am grateful to him for this.”

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday dismissed the anticipatory bail plea of Bharti in a domestic violence case filed by his wife Lipika Mitra. The court said Bharti was “not only violent and outrageous at home, but also before the public at large”.

Soon after the bail plea was dismissed, Delhi Police raided the legislator’s residence and office in Malviya Nagar, but he was missing, police said.

The court took note of the submissions of police that Bharti had already been involved in two more cases in connection with the Khirki Extension raid, in which he targeted some African women in January 2014.

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The court added, “…. which speaks of volume and shows that the petitioner (Bharti) is not only violent and outrageous at home but also before the public at large as noted in above mentioned cases.”

The court held the Bharti “misused” the protection granted by the court, and said after getting protection he reached the police station at 2 am and compelled the police officers to record his presence. The court noted, “The said conduct of the petitioner cannot be appreciated in any manner.”