The Delhi Police on Thursday told the Delhi High Court that AAP MLA Somnath Bharti had been “making a mockery” of the criminal process by appearing in the police station in the middle of the night with his dog and approaching the trial court to seek cancellation of the warrant against him, even when the case was pending before the HC.
The special public prosecutor claimed before the bench of Justice Suresh Kait that Bharti had attempted to kill his wife twice, once by setting his dog on her while she was pregnant, and the second time by trying to slit her wrists.
The police needed to take Bharti into custody to interrogate him in order to find the knife with which he allegedly tried to kill his wife, said the special public prosecutor.
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However, the bench declined to give immediate orders on the plea, and pulled up the police for failing to arrest Bharti before he approached the court for anticipatory bail.
“You failed to arrest him when he was not given protection from arrest by this court,” said the court, which also came down heavily on Bharti over his conduct. “If your client is so keen to appear before the police at night, we should summon him here and turn him over to the police,” said the judge to the MLA’s lawyer, senior advocate Dayan Krishnan.
Expressing its concern, the court said it was conscious of the fact that the issue, a matrimonial dispute, had affected the life of Bharti’s two young children.
The bench has reserved its orders on Bharti’s plea for protection from arrest and it has directed the police not to take any coercive steps till pronouncement of judgement on the plea.
A trial court had issued a non-bailable warrant against Bharti in a case of domestic violence and attempted murder, filed by his wife.