Another AAP MLA in soup as wife alleges violence

New Delhi (PTI): In more embarrassment for the AAP, former law minister of Delhi and party MLA Somnath Bharti was on Wednesday served notices by the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) after his wife filed a complaint with it alleging domestic violence.

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DCW chief Barkha Singh said Bharti has been asked to reply to the notices by June 26. In her complaint, the MLA’s wife Lipika Bharti accused him of domestic violence and mental torture.

“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,” her complaint said.

Somnath Bharti, an MLA from Malviya Nagar and a lawyer by profession, chose not to comment on the allegations.

“She approached us this afternoon and lodged a complaint alleging assault and domestic violence by her husband Somnath Bharti since 2010. We have issued notices to Bharti asking him to appear before us by June 26. She now wants an end to the torture,” the DCW chief said.

Singh said Lipika has been living in Dwarka separately for last three years and Bharti used to visit her.

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