Somnath Bharti sent to judicial custody till Monday


A court on Sunday 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.

Bharti’s lawyer, however, urged the court to send him to one-day judicial custody while also requesting that the jail authorities be directed to take him to the Supreme Court for the hearing on Monday.

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.

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