Matrimonial dispute with wife settled: Somnath Bharti tells HC

The Delhi High Court was informed that AAP MLA Somnath Bharti and his wife have settled the matrimonial dispute between them through mediation.

When Somnath urged the court to quash the criminal case lodged against him by his wife Lipika Mitra, Justice RK Gauba asked him to wait for some time so that his spouse and two minor children were comfortably settled in the house with him.

The court listed the matter for further hearing on March 7 next year and stayed the proceedings in the trial court.

The court was hearing a plea by Bharti seeking quashing of the FIR lodged against him by his wife for the alleged offences of attempt to murder, harassment cheating, criminal intimidation, causing miscarriage without the woman's consent, causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means and criminal breach of trust under the IPC.

"Let the dust settle. Let's wait for sometime. Let her (wife) and the children be comfortable. First comes the comfort of the wife and children, then rest," the court said.

Senior advocate Dayan Krishnan, appearing for Somnath, told the court that the AAP leader and his wife had participated in the mediation and they have settled their dispute.

He said they wanted to live together peacefully along with their children.

Asked by the judge whether Somnath and Lipika were living together, the couple, who was present in the court, replied in affirmative.

The court issued notice and sought response of Lipika and Delhi Police on the former Delhi law minister's plea.

(Agencies)