SC holds Somnath Bharti’s plea to be infructous, asks Lipika to appear on Monday

New Delhi, Oct. 1 : The Supreme Court on Thursday held the anticipatory bail plea of ex-law minister of Delhi Somnath Bharti to be infructous and directed his estranged wife Lipika Mitra to appear before it if she wishes to have mediation in the case.

The Supreme Court also issued notice to Mitra to be present in the court on October 5.The apex court also refused to issue directions to the police in the case.

The Supreme Court had earlier ordered Bharti to surrender before Delhi Police, failing which, they warned that they would not hear his plea for bail on October 1.

Bharti had moved the apex court seeking protection from arrest in the case and a direction to restrain the Delhi Police from arresting him till his plea challenging the High Court order is decided.

Bharti has been accused of domestic violence and attempt to murder by his wife Lipika Mitra.(ANI)