New Delhi, Jun 11: As fresh controversy stoked ruling AAP MLA Somnath Bharti, who's wife filed a complaint levelling charges domestic violence against him, the law maker has refuted from all such charges and termed them as 'baseless'.
A lawyer by profession, Bharti who was Law Minister during AAP's first stint of 49-day government, denied the allegations calling them "totally baseless". "... My wife says I should quit politics...I am deeply pained. I love my wife and my little children," Bharti, who is in Kerala, said.
"All these started after I missed my son's birthday. I missed my son's birthday as there were two days of the Delhi Assembly sessions. I missed it and I forgot it and that led to all these," Bharti added.
"She had threatened me that she will spoil my political life and probably, this is the way she chose fulfil that. With folded hands, I request her that she should not lie and she should not spread lies in public domain.
"This will not only hurt her in time to come, but all of us will suffer. Our children will grow tomorrow and they would question," he said.
Meanwhile, the AAP MLA on Thursday met party chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and briefed him about the matter. Bharti was also gheraoed by women activists in Delhi while he was going to meet the Delhi CM.
Earlier on Wednesday, Delhi Commission for Women slapped Bharti with notices after his wife, Lipika Bharti, filed a complaint levelling charges of domestic violence, mental torture, dowry and forgery against the lawmaker.
DCW chief Barkha Singh said the AAP MLA from Malviya Nagar has been asked to reply to the notices by June 26.
"Me and my children are subject to harassment and torture -- mental, physical and oral -- by my husband Somnath Bharti... There is a persistent threat from my husband and his supporters," Lipika Bharti said in the complaint.
The DCW chief said Lipika in her complaint has levelled "charges of dowry, cheating, forgery, physical and mental harassment. "As per her complaint, she works in a multinational company and married Bharti in 2010.
Bharti had also demanded dowry. The woman's family had to bear all the marriage expenses and he had also asked for a car.
"She said Bharti had lied to her. Before marriage, Bharti had said that he owned an international law firm but later she realised that he did not. She has also complained of physical and mental torture. After making the complaint, she is scared," the DCW chief said.
(With inputs from agencies)