Delhi's Patiala House Court today granted one-day police remand to Ashish Pandey, accused in a case for brandishing a gun during a brawl outside the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Delhi.
Delhi’s Patiala House Court today granted one-day police remand to Ashish Pandey, accused in a case for brandishing a gun during a brawl outside the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Delhi. The Delhi Police had sought four days custodial remand of the accused.
“We need the custodial remand as the accused needs to be taken Lucknow as well. We have to recover the weapon also,” the public prosecutor said in the court.
Opposing the remand application in the court, the counsel of Ashish Pandey said, “We are ready for cooperation. We can deposit our pistol also.” The counsel claimed that the matter was politically motivated because Ashish’s father was an MP, adding Ashish was suffering due to media hype.
Ashish surrendered at the Delhi’s Patiala House Court today morning. Ashish had been on the run since the night of the incident and the police had issued a look out notice against him. There was also a non-bailable warrant issued against him following an FIR based on a complaint by the hotel administration.
In a video message, Ashish claimed he had been wrongly framed in the charges in the FIR without any fault and was being subjected to media trial. “I’m being projected like I’m a wanted terrorist and police across the nation is looking for me. Look Out Circular has been issued against me. If you check CCTV footage, you’ll find who went to ladies toilet that night and who threatened whom,” Ashish said in a statement.
He also asserted that the firearm he had with him during the brawl at the hotel was for his personal safety. “I took the gun with me for safety. I didn’t brandish it. It was hanging behind me all the time.”
Ashish, brother of BSP MLA from Jalalpur constituency of Ambedkar Nagar Ritesh Pandey, stressed that it was not he who was at the fault. “I didn’t even address that girl, she pushed me and made obscene hand gestures,” he told ANI.
Ashish said he has reposed his faith in the judiciary and decided to surrender, adding that there is no history of the police case against him. On Wednesday, Delhi Police and Uttar Pradesh police teams raided several places in pursuit of Ashish, who had been elusive after brandishing a gun at a five-star hotel, even as a court issued a non-bailable warrant against him.
According to PTI report, an FIR was lodged against him under the Arms Act and sections of the IPC, including those related to causing hurt (323), criminal intimidation (506) and using force with the intent to outrage the modesty of a woman (354).