Wanted by Police, AAP’s Bharti Goes Underground


New Delhi: Accused of domestic violence and facing attempt to murder charge Aam Aadmi Party leader and former Delhi Law Minister, Somnath Bharti has gone underground after his anticipatory bail was rejected yesterday.

His lawyers have appealed to the High Court for bail today. Before the hearing began, Mr Bharti’s estranged wife, Lipika Mitra, was in court. The politician was missing. “We are waiting for him to join the probe,” said Deependra Pathak, a senior Delhi Police officer handling the investigation.

“This is Somnath ji’s personal matter, AAP won’t interfere. But we advise him to come forth and take part in investigation,” said Ashutosh, a senior party leader.

Mr Bharti has been accused by Ms Mitra, who he married in 2012, of domestic violence and attempted murder; she says that he tried to strangle her and that while she was pregnant, he attempted to force a miscarriage by ordering his dog to attack her.

The police told a Delhi court yesterday that the Labrador, Don, has also not been traced. “We are searching for the dog because apparently it bit her during the struggle while the complainant was being strangled,” said Mr Pathak.

Since the case was filed late last week, Mr Bharti has ignored multiple requests by the police to make himself available for interrogation.

On Thursday,  Mr Bharti  tweeted, “This too shall pass”. Nothing after that on his account.

Mr Bharti was not included in Arvind Kejriwal’s government after the Aam Aadmi Party took office in February. In its first and snappy 49-day term, Mr Bharti was excoriated for leading a mob that illegally detained and harassed African women alleging they were part of a prostitution and drug racket.

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