New Delhi: A Delhi local court on Friday sent suspended AAP councillor Tahir Hussain to 7-day police custody in connection with the murder of Intelligence Bureau (IB) officer Ankit Sharma during last week’s violence in Northeast Delhi. Also Read - Tahir Hussain Arrested And Remanded to 4-Day Police Custody in IB Staffer's Murder Case
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader was last evening arrested by the Delhi Police after the Karkardooma Court in Delhi rejected his surrender plea before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) Vishal Pahuja. Hussain was charged for killing the IB officer after his body was recovered last week from a drain in Jaffrabad area of northeast Delhi where the agitation began on February 23. Also Read - Don't Use 'My Lordship', 'My Lord' For me: Justice S Muralidhar to Punjab And Haryana High Court Lawyers
An FIR was registered under Sections 365 (Kidnapping) and 302 (Punishment for murder) of the IPC at Dayalpur police station based on a complained filed by Ankit’s father who accused Hussain of killing their son whose body went missing on Tuesday and was found in a drain near his house in Chand Bagh the next day. Also Read - Five More Held For IB Staffer Ankit Sharma's Murder, Total Seven Arrested in Case Thus Far
The incident came to light when a series of videos surfaced on social media, showing people allegedly throwing petrol bombs and stones from his rooftop. In one such video, Hussain was seen holding a wooden stick with smoke rising from his building. While he admitted that it was him in the video, he defended himself saying the video was dated February 24.
Tahir Hussain’s involvement caused immense controversy for the Kejriwal party that had been alleging the BJP’s involvement in the riots. Until yesterday, Hussain had denied any involvement in the riots or the killings and claimed that he was the “target”, and “not the attacker”. He also agreed to assist the police in conducting a probe into the case.