Ashish Pandey
Ashish Pandey

Ashish Pandey surrenders before court, claims innocence

ANI | Updated: Oct 18, 2018 12:22 IST

New Delhi [India], Oct 18 (ANI): Ashish Pandey, the son of former Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) MP Rakesh Pandey, has surrendered before Patiala House Court on Thursday in connection with Delhi hotel brawl case.
Ashish 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.
He further stated that he has decided to surrender owing to his faith in the legal system, "I have faith in the judiciary and so I decided to surrender. There is no history of police case against me."
Pandey also explained that he did not threaten anyone when the incident took place on the night of October 13. "I am being projected like I am 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," he stated.
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)