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AAP MLA Somnath Bharti Sent to 14-day Judicial Custody for 'Objectionable' Remarks Against UP Govt

File photo of AAP MLA Somnath Bharti.

File photo of AAP MLA Somnath Bharti.

Hours before Bharti's arrest, a right-wing activist threw ink at the Delhi MLA when he was coming out of a guest house in Uttar Pradesh's Rae Bareli for making "objectional" remarks against the state government.

Aam Aadmi Party MLA Somnath Bharti, who was on Monday arrested for allegedly making objectionable remarks against the Uttar Pradesh government and the state's hospitals, has been sent to 14-day judicial custody. He was arrested for criminal intimidation and promoting enmity between groups, Amethi Police said.

The next hearing on bail plea by MP-MLA court is scheduled for January 13. A total of two FIRs have been registered against Bharti in the last 24 hours, one each in Amethi and Raebareli.

"Shocked to learn that my bail application has been kept pending till 13th January n I am sent to judicial custody of 14 days," Bharti tweeted.

"Police wrongly claimed that I refused to accept 41A notice, a mandatory requirement under CrPC and judgement of Arnesh Kumar. Let phone locations be traced, truth will be out. I will keep fighting for People of UP against misrule of Yogi," he further tweeted.

Speaking to media about the case, Bharti's lawyer said, "The police had sought remand of Somnath Bharti in the case which has a maximum punishment of three years. There is a law in the Supreme Court that in cases which attract punishment less than seven years, remand should be given only in rarest of the rare cases. Somnath Bharti is also a former minister and MLA in Delhi and there was no fear of any kind of law and order situation from him. We prayed to the honorable court that the remand was wrong but the court turned down our prayer. Now, he has been sent to judicial custody. We will be filing a writ in the High Court regarding this. The bail application was given and the next hearing has been fixed on January 13. The action by police is politically motivated."

Hours before Bharti's arrest, a right-wing activist threw ink at the Delhi MLA when he was coming out of a guest house in Uttar Pradesh's Rae Bareli for making "objectional" remarks against the state government.

Minutes after ink was thrown at him, Bharti retweeted a video on Twitter where he can be purportedly heard using a derogatory term for state Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, while talking about "atrocities on women", "poor condition of education" in Uttar Pradesh.

Police said they are investigating into the incident.

It is also to be noted here that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has recently announced contesting 2022 Uttar Pradesh assembly elections and the party has given responsibilities to its MLAs including Somnath Bharti, Naresh Yadav, Akhilesh Pati Tripathi, Pawan Sharma and Ajesh Yadav.

(with inputs from Qazi Faraz Ahmad)


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