New Delhi, Apr 5: AAP MLA and former law minister Somnath Bharti has been chargesheeted by Delhi Police for alleged offences of attempt to murder and cruelty to his wife in a domestic violence case lodged by her. The charge sheet was filed before a magistrate who took cognizance on the final report and fixed the case for April 23 for further proceedings. It has alleged that Bharti, who is out on bail, had tried to endanger the life of an unborn child which his wife Lipika Mitra was carrying by unleashing his dog on her. Also Read: High Court dismisses Somnath Bharti’s plea for contempt action against cops
“The accused unleashed his dog on the complainant (Lipika) which bit her badly, it is pertinent to mention that the complainant was in an advance 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 charge sheet said.
“…There are sufficient evidence on record and as per the statements of the witnesses there are sufficient evidence on record to file a charge sheet under section 307 (attempt to murder), 315 (act done with intent to prevent child being born alive or to cause it to die after birth), 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means), 498A (husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty), 406 (criminal breach of trust), 417 (punishment for cheating), 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 34 (common intention) of IPC against accused Somnath Bharti,” it said. Besides Bharti, the police has also named Kapil Vajpayee, Baney Singh and one Natish as accused in the case. The charge sheet also mentions the name of Bharti’s mother Manorama Bharti but did not make her an accused saying there was lack of evidence against her.