The Delhi High Court on Tuesday declined anticipatory bail to Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Legislator Somnath Bharti in a case of domestic violence and attempt to murder lodged by his wife Lipika Mitra.

"The plea(for anticipatory bail) has been dismissed," Justice Suresh Kait said while dismissing Bharti’s plea.

Soon after the order was pronounced, advocate Vijay Aggarwal, who appeared for Bharti, told the media that the MLA can be arrested, "but there are other legal remedies and many doors are still open".

The high court had on September 15 granted Bharti protection against arrest till September 17 and sought a police report on the status of investigation in the case. 

The court had also pulled the Members of Legislative Assembly(MLA) for going to the police station at late night, saying, "If he loves going to police station, then I will send him from here….Once you (Bharti) get relief, you act like a lion and go here and there." 

Bharti had moved the high court seeking protection from arrest after a trial court denied him anticipatory bail and another court issued a non-bailable warrant against him.

Bharti’s plea for anticipatory bail was rejected by trial court observing that it was the second complaint filed against the MLA by his wife Lipika Mitra, who has alleged that he did not mend his conduct despite assurance before Crime Against Women Cell of the police.

The district court had also rejected the MLA’s contention that attempt to murder charge was not made out, while referring to an allegation in the First Information Report (FIR) that Bharti tried to strangulate his wife and unleashed his dog on her knowing that she was seven months pregnant.

Bharti, an AAP legislator from Malviya Nagar, had sought cancellation of warrant issued against him by a trial court. Bharti was named in a FIR filed under different provisions of the Indian Penal Code, including charges of domestic violence and attempt to murder, at Dwarka North police station in west Delhi.

Lipika 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.

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