NEW DELHI:Former Delhi law minister and AAP leader Somnath Bharti seems to be evading the police, who summoned him for questioning on Thursday night for his alleged attempt to murder his estranged wife. He did not turn up till Friday night, the police said.
Bharti has been booked under sections of domestic violence, attempt to murder, trying to kill the baby in his wife’s womb and dowry harassment on Wednesday. Joint Commissioner of Police Dependra Pathak said they had served Bharti the notice on Thursday but he did not turn up till Friday evening. “He was asked to join probe by 11 am. He has not appeared. We have started looking for him,” he said.
The Delhi police raided his house in south Delhi. On Thursday, following the registration of FIR, Bharti’s wife Lipika Mitra’s statement was recorded before a Metropolitan Magistrate. Mitra alleged that Bharti used to beat her and abused her physically and mentally. In June, Mita approached the Delhi Commission for Women and the police complaining against her husband.