Former AAP minister Somnath Bharti shares happy family photo after being cleared by court in domestic violence case, issues statement


The Delhi High Court on Tuesday cleared AAP MLA and former Delhi government minister, Somnath Bharti, of all charges of domestic violence. While quashing the charges, the clourt said that Bharti and wife Lipika Mitra were living happily together.


This comes after the High Court in the past allowed Bharti’s wife to withdraw her petition that sought the cancellation of the bail granted to her husband.

Reacting to the development, Bharti said, “Lipika joins me in informing one and all that we have bounced back because of the love we share. We are thankful to everyone for their good wishes and also forgive the ones, who tried to keep us apart for their malicious intentions.

“I want to humbly ask why was a simple issue between husband and wife blown up like this? What was the reason behind painting me as a demon in a case of marital misunderstanding? There can be countless reasons behind misunderstanding in an institution of marriage, but simply because I am a public representative and MLA of AAP that I was hounded like this.”

Bharti’s wife had filed an FIR against him in the Dwarka police station under sections 307 (attempt to murder) and 498(a) (cruelty towards partner in marriage) of the Indian Penal Code in 2015. The former Delhi law minister was later charge-sheeted a year later.

The charge-sheet had read, “The accused unleashed his dog on the complainant (Lipika) which bit her badly, it is pertinent to mention that the complainant was in an advance stage of pregnancy and she being further diabetic, the act by the accused not only was an attempt (to endanger) the life of the complainant but also seriously endangered the life of the unborn child which the complainant was carrying.

“…There are sufficient evidence on record and as per the statements of the witnesses there are sufficient evidence on record to file a charge sheet under section 307 (attempt to murder), 315 (act done with intent to prevent child being born alive or to cause it to die after birth), 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means), 498A (husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty), 406 (criminal breach of trust), 417 (punishment for cheating), 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 34 (common intention) of IPC against accused Somnath Bharti.”





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