Bail plea rejected, Bharti mulls knocking SC’s doors
Former Delhi Law Minister and AAP MLA Somnath Bharti, who faces arrest with the Delhi high court rejecting his plea for anticipatory bail, is moving the Supreme Court “immediately” for relief, his aides said even as police raided his office and residence to nab him.
Late on Tuesday night, Gurpreet, an assistant of Bharti, was quizzed by the Delhi Police to know his possible hideouts and accordingly raids were conducted. According to sources, Bharti is out of Delhi and is likely to move Supreme Court on Wednesday morning.
Earlier in the day, Bharti’s aides said he was in office till morning and left by the time police came looking for him after his plea for anticipatory bail was rejected.
“10-12 police personnel came looking for him an hour after the bail plea was rejected by the High Court. They also snatched away our mobile phones and went through every nook and corner of the office,” an aide alleged. Aam Aadmi Party on Tuesday accused the city police of being “selectively proactive” over raids at party MLA Somnath Bharti’s residence and office on a day the Delhi high court declined to grant him anticipatory bail in a case of attempt to murder and domestic violence.
Meanwhile, senior AAP leaders said Bharti was yet to exhaust all legal options and suggested police bias against AAP leaders. Police <g data-gr-id="34">is</g> yet to act when it comes to the Nand Nagri murder <g data-gr-id="35">case</g> on the other hand, they said. “The moment his bail is rejected you have the police standing at his door and senior police officials commenting. But you will see no such proactiveness when it comes to cases like that the one in Nand Nagri where a man was murdered,” party leader Ashutosh said. “(Narendra) Modi’s police should know that he (Bharti) has still got the rights to go and appeal in the Supreme Court,” he said.
Sanjay Singh said: “The party has taken a clear stand from the beginning that it’s Bharti’s personal matter. He and his wife should take a decision taking into consideration their kids’ future”.