No Relief for Somnath Bharti from SC
AAP is in news yet again because of legal friction. AAP’s MLA Somnath Bharti is in trouble, where SC refused to provide any relief and asked the MLA to surrender before the police on Monday in connection with the domestic violence and attempt to murder case filed against him by his wife.
The court while fixing the matter for Thursday said “We want him to surrender before appropriate jurisdiction of the police by this evening. We don’t intend to pass any further order.”
The plea of the counsel of Bharti who asked for time till 29th September 2015 for the MLA to surrender was rejected by the bench comprising of Chief Justice H L Dattu and Justice Amitava Roy.
The Bench rejecting the plea of Bharti’s Counsel said “No, we will not give time. If you want your matter to come on Thursday, you have to surrender today itself.”
However, the bench said it was not concerned with the issue at this stage and asked how should Bharti have conducted himself as a responsible citizen after dismissal of his plea before trial court and the High Court.
“Not to say you have lost before two courts (trial court and High Court). You went for anticipatory bail before the trial court, you did not succeed. You went for anticipatory bail before the High Court, you did not succeed. What is your duty as a responsible citizen,” the bench asked.
“First you surrender, then we will see whether the matter should be referred to mediation centre. We want family dispute to be sorted out but we can’t be saying that we will be protecting an absconder.”
The bench said “We will find out from his wife whether she is ready to sit for mediation. We want families to live together. We don’t want disruption in family life.”