Ashish Pandey (File Photo)
Ashish Pandey (File Photo)

Ashish Pandey sent to 1-day police remand

ANI | Updated: Oct 18, 2018 14:28 IST

New Delhi [India], Oct 18 (ANI): A Delhi court on Thursday sent Ashish Pandey, son of former Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Member of Parliament (MP) Rakesh Pandey to one-day police remand, in connection with the hotel brawl case.
Ashish was formally arrested by the Delhi police following his surrender before Patiala House Court earlier today. The police was seeking a four-day custodial remand for him.
While arguing in the court, the public prosecutor asserted that a 4-day remand was needed by the police as Ashish was to be taken to Lucknow for recovering his pistol.
Arguing in opposition to the remand application, Ashish's legal counsel said that while his client is ready to cooperate and deposit the pistol, the hype created by the media owing to his father's political stature has become a cause of concern for him.
"This matter is politically motivated," Ashish's lawyer stated in the court.
Ashish had earlier claimed that he did not brandish his gun in premises of Hyatt Hotel and carried it for safety purposes.
"I took the gun with me for safety. I didn't brandish it. It was hanging behind me all the time. I didn't even address that girl; she pushed me and made obscene hand gestures," he said.
On Wednesday, Delhi's Patiala House Court had issued a non-bailable warrant against Ashish, following a brawl with Kanwar Gaurav - son of ex-Congress MLA Kanwar Karan Singh.
Over 50 persons, including Ashish's father, uncle and 12 employees of hotel Hyatt Regency were interrogated in the matter and the search was underway in all known hideouts, offices, and residences of Ashish, his family members and friends in Lucknow and eastern Uttar Pradesh. (ANI)