Court grants bail to Somnath Bharti


A court on Wednesday granted bail to Delhi’s former law minister Somnath Bharti, who is accused in a domestic violence case filed against him by his wife Lipika Mitra.

Somnath’s wife Lipika Mitra said, “He must have got bail because maybe he isn’t needed in custody anymore.”

Additional Sessions Judge Anil Kumar released Bharti on bail asking him to furnish a personal bond of Rs.1 lakh and a surety of the like amount.

Bharti, who surrendered to police last Monday and was arrested, was named in an FIR filed on September 10 following a June 10 complaint by Lipika, who said he had been abusing her since their marriage in 2010.

She claimed he used to beat and torture her and once even tried to kill her.

Bharti, who was booked under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) — related to attempt to murder, cruelty towards wife, voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapon, criminal breach of trust, attempt to cause miscarriage without woman’s consent, cheating and criminal intimidation — was on the run soon after police registered an FIR against him.

A court on Sunday had sent Delhi’s former law minister Somnath Bharti to a day’s judicial custody in a domestic violence case filed by his wife Lipika Mitra.

Delhi Police had sought Bharti’s judicial custody for 14 days.

Delhi Police had earlier produced the Aam Aadmi Party leader before the Dwarka metropolitan magistrate’s court at the end of his three-day police remand.

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