New Delhi: A Delhi court on Friday dismissed the bail plea of Ashish Pandey, son of former Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Member of Parliament (MP) Rakesh Pandey, and sent him to judicial custody till Monday, October 22, in connection with the Hyatt hotel ruckus case.
Earlier on Thursday, Pandey had surrendered before the Patiala House Court following which he was arrested by the police. He reportedly told the police that he was instigated by a woman, who had shown him the “middle finger”, after which he got the weapon from his car.
In a video message earlier, he also alleged of being subjected to a media trail and that only one side of the story was being shown, portraying him as a “terrorist”.
Pandey was on his way home in Lucknow Sunday night when he got to know about the video of the incident being circulated on the social media. He messaged all his friends, requesting them to ensure that the video was not circulated and asking them to delete it from their phones.
The next day, when he realised that the video had gone viral, he took his son and wife along with him and went hiding at various places in and around Lucknow, Pandey told the police.
His father, uncle and brother were in touch with lawyers and his friends, while he was juggling between places, he told the interrogators.
A Delhi court had issued a non-bailable warrant against Pandey Wednesday.
Pandey’s father Rakesh Pandey is a former Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) MP and his brother Ritesh is an MLA in Uttar Pradesh.
Meanwhile, the police seized the weapon Pandey brandished at the five-star hotel in south Delhi in the early hours of Sunday as well as the BMW car he had brought to the hotel that night. The cops also added that the three women who were accompanying Pandey at the time of the incident were identified and their roles being verified.