New Delhi: A Delhi Court on Wednesday granted bail to Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA and former law minister Somnath Bharti, who has been accused of domestic violence by his wife Lipika Mitra.
On Monday, the Dwarka Court had extended Bharti's judicial custody till October 19.
The apex court had earlier rejected the Bharti's bail plea and had asked him to approach a lower court.
Bharti, who was brought to the national capital by the Delhi Police on Saturday, has refuted the allegations levelled against him by him wife.
On Tuesday, during an over two-and-a-half hearing on bail plea, advocate Vijay Aggarwal appearing for Bharti claimed it was a case of an "on-and-off relationship" which was blown out of proportion due to political motives and alleged that it was a "BJP-sponsored litigation".
"I am an MLA and have to look after the work of my constituency. I have deep root in the society and if granted bail, I will not flee from the justice. Everyone recognizes me where will I escape," he had said.
Aggarwal said Bharti himself was a lawyer, a former Law Minister of Delhi and would respect the law. The AAP leader has also to look after his aged parents, the lawyer said and urged the court to enlarge him on bail while imposing any condition on him.
Lipika Mitra, the estranged wife of former Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti had on Monday told the Supreme Court that she was not ready to undergo mediation to settle the domestic violence and attempt to murder case lodged by her against the AAP leader.