The Patiala House court on Monday extended the judicial custody of Ashish Pandey, son of former BSP MP Rakesh Pandey, in connection with Delhi brawl case for 14 days. The court extended the custody after no bail application was moved by Ashish Pandey and the investigating officer said that he was not required for further interrogation. Pandey was seen brandishing a gun on October 14 in the premises of Delhi’s Hyatt hotel.
On October 19, Pandey was sent to 3 days judicial custody after the Delhi court rejected his bail plea and the judge said that his arrogance and high-headedness could be 'clearly made out from the contents of the FIR'. He had been sent to judicial custody after his 1-day police custody ended on October 19. Pandey was arrested by the Delhi police following his surrender on October 18.
The police had sought an additional remand of two days. In response, the judge asked the police what they had recovered in one day, responding to which the police listed 'the vehicle, the weapon, the gun licence'. However, Ashish Pandey's lawyer argued that since all these had been recovered, there was no further requirement for his client to remain in police custody.
Prior to surrendering, Ashish Pandey had released a video from an unknown location where he blamed the victim, alleged media trial and, and defended brandishing his gun.
“I am being projected as if I am a terrorist and wanted and cops across the country are looking for me. Projected as if I am a terrorist and wanted and cops across the country are looking for me… When I came out I agree that I took out my safety weapon, I didn't show it to him, neither did I point it at him, I always kept the weapon behind me… People are saying that I misbehaved with the girl and pointed the gun at her. I didn't even address that girl, didn't even speak to her, I didn't even turn towards her. she pushed me, she even gestured at me questionably. his friend said a lot to me, which I will reiterate in my statement to the police, secondly, i have full faith in my country's law machinery. I will surrender through that and the way the media is conducting a trial on me for the last 4 days,” he said in the video message.
Ashish Pandey was booked for wielding a gun at Hyatt Regency in Delhi and threatening and intimidating a woman. The video of the same went viral, where Ashish Pandey was seen waving his gun while threatening a couple at the five star hotel in Delhi.