In midnight drama, Somnath Bharti goes to cops, Don in tow

The police had said finding the dog was key to their probe since Don was alleged to have bitten a pregnant Lipika at the behest of his master.

Written by Mahender Singh Manral | New Delhi | Published:September 17, 2015 3:28 am
Bharti’s dog at the police station. Bharti’s dog at the police station.

Former Law Minister and Malviya Nagar MLA Somnath Bharti surrendered at the Dwarka (South) police station late Tuesday night amid high drama. He has been named in a case of alleged domestic abuse and attempt to murder filed by his wife Lipika Mitra.

Bharti came to the police station along with his dog Don, who the police had been searching for.

The police had said finding the dog was key to their probe since Don was alleged to have bitten a pregnant Lipika at the behest of his master.

The police Tuesday, however, refused to take either Bharti or his dog into custody and asked him to leave because the investigating officer was not present.

Bharti, who had approached the High Court for anticipatory bail on Tuesday, surrendered just hours after being granted reprieve until September 17. Following a late-night brainstorming session on the issue with party members, Bharti is understood to have been asked to join the investigation.

Around 2 am, Bharti reached the police station along with his dog.

The AAP MLA left after being told to go back. Joint Commissioner of Police (Southwestern range) Dependra Pathak said the police were looking for Bharti’s “custodial interrogation”, which was not possible until Thursday in view of the High Court order.

Meanwhile, in a series of tweets, the Malviya Nagar MLA asked the police commissioner to let him know where he should go to “join investigation”. He also took on B S Bassi, alleging that the latter was passing “political statements”.

Responding to the allegations, Bassi said, “I am surprised Somnath Bharti is casting such accusations on the Delhi Police, like we are the ones who brought about the case. It is a case of domestic violence, which we handled very sensitively…”

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