Trouble mounts for Somnath Bharti.

SC rejects Somnath Bharti's bail plea, asks him to surrender today

NEW DELHI: In fresh trouble for AAP MLA Somnath Bharti, the Supreme Court on Monday rejected his bail plea and asked him to surrender today.

Bharti is seeking protection from arrest in a domestic violence and attempt to murder case in which the Delhi high court has rejected his petition for anticipatory bail.

The apex court added that the matter would be heard again on October 1 after he surrendered.

“First surrender, then we will see whether matter should be referred to mediation centre,” SC said and posted the matter for hearing on Thursday.

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Bharti had moved the apex court seeking protection from arrest in the case and a direction to restrain Delhi Police from arresting him till his plea challenging the high court order is decided.

The high court had earlier dismissed his anticipatory bail plea, saying the allegations against him were backed by “documentary proof”.

His wife Lipika Mitra had filed a complaint of domestic violence with Delhi Commission for Women on June 10 alleging that her husband had been abusing her since their marriage in 2010. She had also given a complaint to the police in this regard.

Delhi Police then registered an FIR against Bharti under sections 307 (attempt to murder), 498A (cruelty towards wife), 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapon), 406 (criminal breach of trust), 313 read with 511 (attempt to cause miscarriage without woman’s consent), 420 (cheating) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of IPC.