Maid's murder: BSP MP, wife sent to police custody, court says offences 'very serious'

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BSP MP Dhananjay Singh was arrested for destruction of evidence while his wife Jagriti was charged with murder of their maid. (PTI) BSP MP Dhananjay Singh was arrested for destruction of evidence while his wife Jagriti was charged with murder of their maid. (PTI)
SummaryBSP MP Dhananjay and his wife Jagriti were arrested over the murder of their maid Rakhi.

BSP MP Dhananjay Singh and his wife Jagriti, arrested in connection with the murder of their maid, were on Wednesday remanded in five days police custody by a Delhi court which observed the alleged offences were "very serious".

Dhananjay, BSP MP from Jaunpur constituency in Uttar Pradesh, and Jagriti, a dental surgeon at the RML hospital here, were produced before Metropolitan Magistrate Dheeraj Mittal following their arrest on Tuesday in connection with the death of their 35-year-old maid Rakhi Bhadra, a resident of West Bengal.

"I have perused the records and considered the submissions made by the additional public prosecutor for the state and the counsel for the accused persons.

"The alleged offences are of very serious nature. The accused persons have been arrested on Tuesday. In my considered opinion for the recovery of the case property and in aid of the investigation, five days police custody remand is desirable. Accordingly both the accused are remanded to police custody till November 11," the magistrate said.

The police had sought seven days remand of both the accused, saying they have to recover weapons of the offence, including an iron press and video recording of the CCTV footage installed at their residence where the incident took place.

The police said that besides the deceased, there were two more domestic helps, including a 17-year-old boy, employed at their residence and they were also beaten up mercilessly by Jagriti, 29, and Dhananjay , 38, as well.

Additional public prosecutor Mukul Kumar told the court that one of the maids, Meena, was severely injured and she is presently undergoing treatment at a hospital here.

He said that the domestic helps were beaten up by wooden sticks, iron rods, iron press and even metallic deer horns by the accused.

The minor boy was also produced in the court and he showed to the judge the severe injuries inflicted on him.

Regarding Dhananjay, the police said he tried to destroy the video recording of 20 CCTV cameras installed in his house after the incident.

Senior advocate Hariharan, who appeared for Dhananjay, said that the MP had nothing to do with the alleged incident as he was not residing at the Chanakyapuri house here.

He also said that Dhananjay was in his constituency at Jaunpur and when he got information that the maid has died, he rushed to Delhi and himself informed the police about it.

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