Two cases to be heard against Somnath Bharti this week

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Sep 27, 2015 01:34 IST
AAP leader Somnath Bharti. (HT File Photo)

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Somnath Bharti will have back-to-back hearings in two separate cases of crimes against women filed in separate courts the coming week.

On September 30, a Saket court will hear the molestation case against 41-year-old Bharti which was filed by a group of African citizens after the Malviya Nagar MLA raided Khirki Extension in January last year.

The day before that, on September 29, a Dwarka district court will hear Bharti’s plea seeking cancellation of non-bailable warrant (NBW) against him in the domestic violence case filed against him by his wife of five years will be heard by Dwarka court on 29th September. The court had earlier refused to grant anticipatory bail to the AAP MLA.

Non-bailable warrant means that a person arrested shall not be automatically entitled to be released on bail.

Regarding the Khirki Extension case, the court will hear arguments on Bharti’s plea seeking lodging of an FIR against police officials for “implicating” him in a case of alleged molestation of some African women during his purported midnight raid last year.

The matter, which was listed before additional sessions judge Bhupesh Kumar, could not be heard on Saturday as the judge was on leave.

Bharti has filed two revision pleas before a sessions court against the dismissal of his applications by a magisterial court seeking lodging of FIR against the police personnel and seeking further probe in the case.

On November 10, additional chief metropolitan magistrate dismissed Bharti’s plea for lodging of an FIR against unnamed cops for allegedly implicating him in the case saying, “without sanction of central or state government, no cognisance of offence can be taken.”

Meanwhile, on Monday, Supreme Court is set to hear Bharti’s plea against the arrest warrant in his name.

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