The Delhi Police on Tuesday grilled AAP MLA Somnath Bharti, accused in an attempt to murder and domestic violence case filed by his wife.
Police said the former Delhi minister was not cooperating in the probe and remained silent on most of the questions. He broke down on two occasions when the allegations of Bharti instigating his dog to bite his wife were mentioned.
His dog, Don, also continues to remain in custody. The labrador retriever was taken to a government-run veterinary hospital, along with Bharti, for examination.
“The objective was to collect samples required for scientific examination and to know whether the dog is capable of inflicting the kind of wounds found on the victim’s abdomen. We wanted to know to what extent the dog follows Bharti’s command,” said a senior investigating official.
Investigators will preserve the dental impression of the dog, taking into consideration natural changes in the pattern that takes place in a period of four years, the officer said.
Between Tuesday and Wednesday morning, Bharti was taken to his wife Lipika Mitra’s residence in Dwarka, his own house in Malviya Nagar and also to his mother’s home in Vasant Kunj to locate the exact place of the crimes and reconstruct the events, said the officer.
“Lipika was present when Bharti was taken to her flat. During his 45-minute stay, the couple did not talk to each other. We are yet to recover the knife used by Bharti to slit Lipika’s wrist. Bharti has not produced any evidence in his favour,” the officer said.
Meanwhile, on Wednesday evening the station house officer of Dwarka North police station, who was overseeing the investigations in the case, was transferred. Senior officers refused to comment over the reasons.
The police added section 212A (harbouring offender) of the Indian Penal Code in the cases against Bharti. This was done a day after the UP police booked Baney Singh, an AAP leader in Agra, for criminal breach of trust as he had allegedly provided Bharti a car. Singh was already on the Delhi Police’s radar for harbouring Bharti while the former minister was evading arrest.
From Thursday onwards, the police will launch a search for those who harboured Bharti while he was allegedly on the run and book them under the charges of helping a fugitive from the law, said police.
“We need to take him to all those places where he had taken shelter and make him confront all the persons who had harboured him,” Deependra Pathak, Joint Commissioner of Police (Southwestern range), said.
Khirki raid case
A local court on Wednesday fixed October 15 for hearing Bharti’s plea seeking registration of a FIR pertaining to a probe into his midnight raid in Khirki Extension area in January 2014.
Bharti last month filed the application, challenging a magisterial court order that dismissed his plea for registration of an FIR against unidentified police officials for making false charge of offence with intent to injure.