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Somnath Bharti moves SC after party’s snub

AAP MLA Somnath Bharti on Wednesday moved the Supreme Court seeking protection from arrest in a domestic violence case in which the Delhi high court has rejected his anticipatory bail plea.

The controversial MLA has sought a direction that the Delhi Police be restrained from arresting him till his petition challenging the High Court order is decided, his counsel said.

“We have filed the application in the Supreme Court. Now that we have approached the Supreme Court, I hope that Delhi Police will hold their horses and not trouble the staff and relatives of Somnath Bharti till the outcome of the application in the apex court,” Bharti’s lawyer Vijay Aggarwal said.

Sources close to the MLA said his petition is likely to be mentioned shortly.

Meanwhile, the AAP supremo, Arvind Kejriwal seemed unhappy with Bharti evading arrest and called the former Law minister an “embarrassment” to the party. “Somnath should surrender. Why is he running away? Why is he so scared of going to jail? Now he is becoming embarrassment for party and his family. “He should cooperate with police,” Kejriwal said in his tweets on Wednesday.

Bharti approached the Apex court notwithstanding the tweet by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. After the High Court decision, the police had raided several places including the office and house of the MLA to nab him.

Amidst the drama, Delhi Police continued its work and questioned eight persons — all under the police scanner for allegedly harbouring Somnath Bharti at Dwarka North police station on Wednesday. 
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