Somnath Bharti says dispute with his wife is his personal matter


Aam Aadmi Party leader, Somnath Bharti, said the dispute between him and his wife was his personal matter and the party had ‘nothing to do with it.’

Bharti, who visited the Dwarka North police station on late Tuesday night said he was not ‘upset with the party.

He told news agency ANI, “I’m not upset with the party. They are right in saying that this is my personal matter. How would they know what is going on between me and my wife.”

Bharti also denied that he had met his leader and Delhi chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal.

He said, “I have not met Kejriwal ji. He’s a senior leader and our ideal. Why should we involve him in our personal matter?”

The former Delhi law minister said that he had called the DCP of Delhi police informing him about his intention to join the investigation but he was told that ‘there is no need to join the investigation, there is status quo and HC has not given any such order.’

He, however, appeared critical of Delhi police accusing them of allowing themselves to be ‘misused for political reason.’

He said, ‘On one hand, you’re sending NBW (non-bailable warrant) and on the other hand you’re saying that there is no need to join the probe. Do they ( Delhi Police) want to be misused due to political reasons? Unhone ‘dog’ ki demand kari, mai sath le ja rha hun, rakh lijiye aap, investigation ke liye laya hun.”

Delhi police on Thursday filed an FIR against the Aam Aadmi Party MLA and the former law minister of Delhi, Somnath Bharti, in a case of domestic violence filed by his wife, Lipika Mitra.

The FIR was filed in the Dwarka police station in the capital under sections 307 (attempt to murder) and 498(a) (cruelty towards partner in marriage) of the Indian Penal Code.

Earlier in June, Mitra had approached the Delhi Commission for Women, accusing the Malviya Nagar legislator of domestic abuse. The issue had become hugely political because of the then DCW chief being a former Congress MLA.