The Supreme Court on Monday rejected Aam Aadmi Party leader Somnath Bharti's bail plea on Monday and asked him to surrender immediately in the case of domestic violence and attempt to murder filed by his wife.
The apex court said it will hear the matter for reconciliation on 1 October only if Bharti surrenders on Monday.
The Delhi High Court had rejected the AAP leader's anticipatory bail plea last week, saying that there was "documentary proof" against him.
The Delhi police have accused Bharti of disguising himself to evade arrest and said that the senior AAP leaders were trying to help him escape.
However, Bharti is now expected to surrender by Monday evening, the Supreme Court was informed.
Senior counsel Gopal Subramaniam told the apex court that Somnath Bharti will surrender before the police by 6.30 p.m. on Monday, IANS reported.
AAP convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal took to Twitter last week asking Bharti to surrender, calling him an embarrassment for the party.
"Somnath shud surrender.Why is he running away?Why is he so scared of gng to jail? Now he is becoming embarasment for party n his family (sic)," Kejriwal had tweeted.
Bharti's wife, Lipika Mitra, has accused the AAP leader of domestic violence and attempting to murder her.
An FIR has been registered against somnath Bharti under sections 307 (attempt to murder), 498A (cruelty towards wife), 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapon), 406 (criminal breach of trust), 313 read with 511 (attempt to cause miscarriage without woman's consent), 420 (cheating) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code.
Yes,he hs been asked to surrender,will inform my client as soon as I establish contact:Vijay Aggarwal,Bharti's lawyer pic.twitter.com/UjS3SZRlTp
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