SC rejects Somnath Bharti’s anticipatory bail plea; orders to surrender before 6pm

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SC rejects Somnath Bharti's anticipatory bail plea; orders to surrender by 6pm

New Delhi: Former Delhi Law Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Somnath Bharti received no respite from the Supreme Court on Monday in the attempted murder case filed by his wife, as the apex court asked him to surrender by 6 pnm today.

Delivering its order, SC said, “If you are a responsible citizen, then don’t run away.”

“Surrender first and then come to court,” the court added after refusing to shield Bharti from arrest and rejecting his anticipatory bail plea.

Recently, Bharti’s party conveyor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had tagged him as an embarrassment for the party as well as his family in a series of tweets. The Delhi CM had also suggested Bharti to surrender as soon as possible.

However, Kejriwal’s tweets and his decision of not including Bharti in his cabinet clearly showed that he has dumped his former close aide after he had strongly defended the then law-minister in his 49-day government after a controversial mid-night raid targeting African women.

The 41-year-old AAP MLA has been accused of physical and mental torture by his wife Lipika mitra, whom he married in 2010. Lipika also told police that Bharti had even tried killing her and had ordered his don, Don, to attack her when she was pregnant.

He has been absconding since the two courts rejected his plea for anticipatory bail last week.

The Delhi Police is swiftly strengthening the case against Bharti as they have claimed that Bharti has been changing his location and cell phones like a common criminal and he has also been in touch with a group of people having criminal background.

It has also been informed that Bharti has also donned a disguised look to escape detection in cameras.

Bharti has been traced at several locations in Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.