AAP MLA Somnath Bharti booked for abusing woman journalist on TV show

A woman journalist of a private TV news channel filed a complaint against AAP MLA Somnath Bharti, after which he was booked on Wednesday, on charges of hurling abuses, during a TV show, said a police official.

FIR was lodged against Bharti after the woman journalist accused him of calling her ‘to become a prostitute’ during the show.

In the complaint, the woman, who’s an anchor on the Hindi news channel, Sudarshan News, told the police that in-between the TV show, Somnath Bharti called her a ‘BJP agent’ and asked her to ‘become a prostitute’.

The AAP MLA however, denied such charges and threatened to file a defamation case against both the news channel and the woman anchor herself. He said that he had joined TV show over the phone for discussing the attack on Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday, but the video was presented by manipulating it.

Bharti told PTI, “I will file a defamation case against both the news anchor as well as the channel”.

The complaint from the woman journalist against the MLA was filed by the scribe at the Women Police Station in Noida and an FIR was also registered against him under section 504 and 509 of the Indian Penal Code.

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Section 504 lists the offense of heaping “intentional insult with an intent to provoke breach of the peace”, and Section 509 pertains to “insulting a woman’s modesty through words, gestures or an act”, said a police official.

Somnath Bharti is also a lawyer who became a politician representing the Aam Aadmi Party. As a lawyer, he practiced at the Supreme Court and Delhi High Court.

Meanwhile, according to the latest reports, Somnath Bharti also apologized to the anchor on Twitter. Immediately after the show, he took to Twitter to clarify that he didn’t want to target the woman anchor, but still, if his words hurt her, then he apologizes for that. He also wrote that he’s a devotee of Lord Shiva and respects every lady.

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