New Delhi: Ashish Pandey, son of a former BSP MP, was on Thursday sent to one-day police remand by Delhi’s Patiala Court in connection with the October 14 incident where he was seen brandishing a gun outside Hyatt Regency. Pandey had surrendered before the police on Thursday morning. Also Read - Delhi hotel brawl: Ashish Pandey granted bail
Metropolitan Magistrate Neetu Sharma considered submission of the Delhi police which sought a four-day custodial interrogation of Ashish on various grounds. The court, however, granted one-day quizzing of the accused. Also Read - Hyatt Ruckus Case: Delhi Court Grants Bail to Former BSP MP’s Son Ashish Pandey
Pandey had brandished pistol at guests and threatened them in the foyer of the five-star hotel in the national capital. Also Read - Hyatt Ruckus Case: Patiala House Court Dismisses Ashish Pandey’s Bail Plea
Earlier today, a surrender application, filed through lawyer S P M Triathi, said that Pandey, the son of former Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) lawmaker Rakesh Pandey, has been wrongly framed in the FIR and subjected to media trial.
It further said Pandey is ready to submit before the court voluntarily and the police may be directed to take him into custody if required.
The court had Wednesday issued a non-bailable warrant (NBW) against Ashish Pandey for brandishing a pistol at guests and threatening them in the foyer of a five-star hotel here.
The Delhi and Uttar Pradesh police teams raided several places on Wednesday but failed to trace Pandey. The Delhi Police had also issued a show-cause notice to the hotel for alleged negligence.
Ashish Pandey, who is a realtor, hails from Lucknow and is the son of former Bahujan Samaj Party MP Rakesh Pandey. His brother, Ritesh Pandey, is an MLA in Uttar Pradesh.
ADG Anand Kumar said the licence for the weapon brandished by Pandey was issued in Ambedkar Nagar in 1999. The district administration is carrying out the process of cancellation or suspension of the licence.
A video of the incident that occurred early on Sunday went viral on social media resulting in public outrage. It prompted the police to step in and launch a hunt for the accused who had gone missing after the incident.
Gaurav Kanwar, an ex-Congress MLA’s son who was allegedly threatened by Pandey, told Delhi Police in a statement that he was too scared to approach them immediately after the incident.
According to him, he was abused by some people when he escorted his woman friend to a hotel washroom when she took ill during dinner.
When the two were waiting for their car at the hotel foyer, Pandey and his friends again approached them.
“I will kill you,” Pandey allegedly told him.