Ashish Pandey, son of former Bahujan Samaj Party MP Rakesh Pandey who pulled out a gun and threatened fellow guests during a brawl at a five-star hotel in Delhi last weekend and was on the run since then was remanded to a day’s police after he surrendered himself on Thursday. The video of him brandishing a gun at Delhi Hyatt Regency hotel went viral on the social media and he surrendered at the Patiala House Court today. The Delhi Police then formally arrested him.
The police also moved an application before the Court seeking four days custodial remand. The Public prosecutor said they need the custodial remand of Pandey as the accused needs to be taken to Lucknow and to recover the weapon. Pandey’s counsel opposed the remand application and said his client was ready for cooperation and they were submitting the pistol’s licence in the court. The counsel further said the matter is politically motivated and his client is suffering just due to media hype, and because his father was an MP.
Earlier, Pandey’s lawyer said that his client was wrongly framed in the FIR and subjected to media trial. The surrender application further said that Pandey was ready to submit before the court voluntarily and the police should be directed to take him into custody if required.
Pandey said that he has full faith in judiciary and that’s why he decided to surrender and there is no history of police case against him.
—India Legal Bureau