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Ex-BSP MP’s son who brandished gun at 5-star hotel surrenders, sent to 1-day police custody


New Delhi:¬†Ashish Pandey, a former BSP MP’s son who had brandished pistol at guests and threatened them in the foyer of a five-star hotel here, surrendered on Thursday before a Delhi court, which sent him to one-day police custody. The application for his police custody was filed before the Patiala House Court where the accused surrendered.

Metropolitan Magistrate Neetu Sharma considered submission of the Delhi police which sought a four-day custodial interrogation of Ashish on various grounds. The court, however, granted one-day quizzing of the accused. The application for surrender, filed through lawyer S P M Tripathi, said that Ashish, the son of former Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) lawmaker Rakesh Pandey, has been wrongly framed in the FIR and has been subjected to media trial. It further said Ashish is ready to submit before the court voluntarily and the police may be directed to take him into custody if required.

The court had on Wednesday issued a non-bailable warrant (NBW) against Ashish Pandey for brandishing a pistol at guests and threatening them in the foyer of a five-star hotel here. A video of the incident that occurred early on Sunday went viral on social media resulting in public outrage. It prompted the police to step in and launch a hunt for the accused who had gone missing after the incident.

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