Somnath Bharti's absence confuses visitors at his office

Somnath Bharti's absence confuses visitors at his office

The office of Malviya Nagar MLA Somnath Bharti of AAP bore a deserted look on Tuesday morning as police kept looking for him to arrest him in connection with a matrimonial discord case filed by his wife.

Bharti’s Toyota Innova car, covered with a layer of dust, was parked outside his office in Malviya Nagar’s Block NIL. By evening, Bharti was granted two-day anticipatory bail by the Delhi High Court, but his neighbours said they were yet to see him.

Bharti’s office staff said they have no clue about his whereabouts even as people kept coming in his office to get their documents attested by the legislator. “We have no idea about where sir is,” an office staffer said.

An aide of Bharti, who avoided being in public view for the past few days after a trial court issued a warrant against him, was overheard telling members of the public not to wait for the legislator’s return.

“Please go to the area councillor for getting your documents attested. Do not wait for sir to return and stamp them,” an office employee said.

The boy, who came for document attestation, looked confused. “Why should I go to someone else when I got the attestation from Bharti earlier?”

Bharti’s pet labrador retriever dog, Don, lazed about at the public waiting hall of his second floor office, proving as wrong police’s claim that the dog was also missing with its owner.

Police sources said Bharti’s wife Lipika Mitra Bharti said in her complaint that the dog was allegedly let loose on her and it bit her when her legislator-husband gave her the instructions to attack her. “Lipika may be asked to identify the dog,” an investigator from Dwarka police station said.

Bharti’s staff members dismissed Lipika’s allegations that Don bit her.  “Do you think such a quiet dog can bite anyone?” a computer operator said. “How can someone claim that the dog is missing when it is sitting right here?” he said.

Bharti’s absence from office, at a time when he was trying to get a shield against the arrest warrant issued by a trial court, has ensured that his personal secretary has also stayed away from work for a few days.

On Tuesday morning, Bharti’s supporters could be seen taking pictures of “suspicious-looking” people coming to his office. The attempt, apparently, was not to let anyone collect information about the legislator facing the arrest warrant.

Before the court granted anticipatory bail to Bharti, a few mediapersons also visited the legislator’s second floor office to inquire about his whereabouts. Even their pictures were taken by a staff member in his phone.
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