AAP MLA Somnath Bharti chargesheeted for bid to kill wife

  • Avantika Mehta, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Apr 06, 2016 08:30 IST
AAP MLA Somnath Bharti has been chargesheeted for inflicting cruelty on his wife Lipika Mitra. (Virendra Singh Gosain/HT Photo)

Aam Aadmi Party MLA Somnath Bharti has been chargesheeted for attempting to kill his wife Lipika Mitra and inflicting cruelty on her in a domestic violence case.

The Delhi Police filed the charge sheet before the court of metropolitan magistrate Rajinder Singh.

According to the chargesheet, the AAP MLA from Malviya Nagar, “unleashed his dog on the complainant (Lipika) which bit her badly”.

The police said it was “pertinent to mention that the complainant was in an advanced stage of pregnancy and she being further diabetic, the act by the accused not only was an attempt (to endanger) the life of the complainant but also seriously endangered the life of the unborn child which the complainant was carrying”.

The police said there was “sufficient evidence on record to file a chargesheet” against the 41-year-old MLA for attempt to kill, cruelty to wife, and attempt on an unborn child’s life.

The next hearing in the case will be held on April 23.

This is not the only case in which Bharti would face serious consequences, if found guilty.

He faces charges of molestation and assault and promoting enmity stemming from the January 2014 raid on the African residents of Khirki Extension in his constituency.

The MLA had claimed he received complaints of rampant drug sales and prostitution rackets being operated from that area but the police found no evidence in its investigation.

In the domestic violence case filed by his estranged wife Lipika, Bharti is an accused along with Kapil Vajpayee, Baney Singh and one Natish.

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