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Somnath Bharti

07 October 2015

A court here on Wednesday granted bail to Delhi’s former law minister Somnath Bharti, who is accused in a domestic violence case filed against him by his wife Lipika Mitra.

Additional Sessions Judge Anil Kumar released Bharti on bail asking him to furnish a personal bond of Rs 1 lakh and a surety of the like amount.

Bharti, who surrendered to police last Monday and was arrested, was named in an FIR filed on 10 September following a 10 June complaint by Lipika, who said he had been abusing her since their marriage in 2010.

She claimed he used to beat and torture her and once even tried to kill her.

Bharti, who was booked under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) -- related to attempt to murder, cruelty towards wife, voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapon, criminal breach of trust, attempt to cause miscarriage without woman’s consent, cheating and criminal intimidation -- was on the run soon after police registered an FIR against him.

To be updated.

05 October 2015

A court today extended, till 19 October, the judicial custody of Delhi’s former law minister Somnath Bharti in a domestic violence case filed by his wife Lipika Mitra.

A magistrate’s court remanded Bharti in 14 days judicial custody after he was presented before it after expiry of his one-day judicial custody.

Meanwhile Bharti moved his bail application before a sessions court. It will be heard on Tuesday.

Bharti surrendered to police on last Monday evening and was arrested. He was named in an FIR filed on 10 September following a 10 June complaint by his wife who said he had been abusing her since their marriage in 2010.

31 August 2015

"Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has given charge of the ministry to his deputy Manish Sisodia and removed Kapil Mishra,” reported NDTV, citing sources who said Mishra would focus on the tourism and water ministry.

Just over two months ago, Mishra was appointed to replace Jitender Singh Tomar, who was arrested over an alleged faked degree certificate after having inherited the ministry from Somnath Bharti.

No law minister has so far taken any steps towards the party’s manifesto promise of introducing cameras in Delhi courtrooms.

27 July 2015

The union government will urge the Supreme Court’s e-committee to allow audio-visual (AV) recording of Supreme Court proceedings to “usher transparency as it would discourage witnesses from retracting their statements” and to prevent “unwarranted delay in trials (through re-recording of witness testimony)”, reported the PTI.

The law ministry cited law commission chairman justice AP Shah’s pilot project of recording court proceedings in district courts, to request the e-committee to reconsider the AV recording proposal it had rejected last year.

AV recording of court proceedings was in the agenda of the Aam Aadmi Party during its short-lived tenure forming the Delhi government in February 2014, but does not find a place in the agenda of the party currently as it forms the Delhi government for the second-time.

53-year-old businessman-turned-lawyer Deepak Khosla who has been fighting to allow AV recording in courtrooms for years now had a win of sorts in the Calcutta high court in June when the court’s registrar allowed recording his proceedings with Khaitan & Co.

Calcutta high court Justice Aniruddha Bose made history this July as probably the first high court chamber to install a permanent video camera and a microphone on the request of Khosla.

10 June 2015

Kapil Mishra to be Delhi’s new Law and Tourism Minister replacing jailed Jitender Singh Tomar.

27 February 2015

Cameras in court: Remoter possibility?On 13 February 2014, towards the tail-end of the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) short-lived first tenure in charge of Delhi, then-Delhi law minister Somnath Bharti wrote a 15-page letter to his party colleagues.

10 February 2015

KejriThe Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), set to win Delhi in a landslide election today, has promised to video court proceedings, while running courts in double shifts “if required” to clear backlogs.

05 November 2014

Deepak KhoslaMetropolitan Magistrate Ankita Lal today transferred the alleged midnight raid case against former Delhi law minister Somnath Bharti to a higher court after being annoyed by defence counsel Deepak Khosla.