New Delhi, June 10: It seems that Aam Aadmi Party leaders' woes are not going to end soon. Delhi's former law minister and controversial AAP leader Somnath Bharti has again landed himself in trouble.
This time, he has been accused by none other than his wife over serious allegations of domestic violence, physical assault, dowry and mental torture charges.
According to media reports, Bharti's 40-year-old wife Lipika Mitra on Wednesday, June 10, approached the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW), accusing her husband of domestic abuse. She said that she is facing domestic violence since 2010.
"I want to move out from this marriage. I want separation and to live with my children with dignity," Lipika told a news agency.
Acting on her complaint, DCW has issued summons to Malviya Nagar MLA to appear before it on June 26.
Barkha Singh, DCW chairperson was quoted saying as, "His (Somnath Bharti) wife is distressed, she was beaten, verbally abused & given death threats".
The couple got married in 2010. They have two children- a four-year-old daughter and a two-year-old son.
Meanwhile, Somnath Bharti, who is presently in Kerala termed his wife's allegations as shoking and false.
As per NDTV report, he said, "I am shocked. I did not expect this... All this is completely false, someone is behind this."
Currently, Bharti doesn't hold any portfolio in the AAP government. [MLA Rakhi Bidlan's brother charged with domestic violence by wife]
Former AAP member Shazia Ilmi called Lipika's allegations as shocking and unfortunate.
Bharti had a controversial tenure as Delhi law minister, when AAP had won assembly elections in 2013 and governed Delhi for 49 days. [After Tomar, another AAP MLA Surender Singh in fake degree controversy]
On Tuesday, Delhi police arrested Delhi law minister Jitender Singh Tomar for possessing fake degree. He resigned yesterday and Kapil Mishra was named as new law minister of the national capital. [AAP govt replaces Tomar; DJB chairman Kapil Mishra is Delhi's new law minister]
In Jan 2014, Bharti and others were chargesheeted under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, including outraging the modesty of women in the case. [Hearing on 2014 Delhi midnight raid conducted by AAP's Somnath Bharti deferred]
Police lodged a First Information Report (FIR) on January 19, 2014 against "unknown accused" on the court's direction and booked them for various charges dealing with wrongful confinement, criminal intimidation and acts intended to outrage the modesty of a woman.
The court order came on a plea by an Ugandan woman who sought registration of an FIR against unknown people for creating ruckus during the raid between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m. in Khirki Extension here on January 16, 2014.