A day after a non-bailable warrant was issued against Ashish Pandey, the son of a former BSP MP and the now famous gun toting VIP brat of Delhi; he surrendered before the Patiala House Court. He has been sent him to a day’s police custody on Thursday.
Confirming his application for surrender, Deputy Commissioner of Police (southwest) Devendra Arya said a probe into the case is underway.
The surrender application, filed through lawyer S P M Tripathi, said that Pandey has been wrongly framed in the FIR and subjected to media trial. It added that Pandey is ready to submit before the court voluntarily and the police may be directed to take him into custody if required.
Earlier, Ashish Pandey was booked under the Arms Act and for assault after a viral video of him threatening a couple, was captured on a phone camera by one of the accused’s companions.
Pandey hails from Lucknow and is the son of former BSP MP, Rakesh Pandey and brother of sitting MLA, Ritesh Pandey.
In his video, he says “I am being projected like I’m a wanted terrorist and police across the nation is looking for me. I am not denying that the incident never took place that night. A lookout circular has been issued against me. I learnt about this two to three days later when the video went viral. However, this entire incident is being shown through one perspective. If you check the CCTV footage, you’ll find who went to the ladies toilet that night and who threatened whom.”
He added, “I admit that I did take the gun while getting down from the car for my safety. I didn’t brandish it. It was hanging behind me all the time. There have been allegations that I had threatened that girl. I didn’t even address that girl, she pushed me and made obscene hand gestures. I will share the details with the cops in my statement. I have faith in the judiciary and so I have decided to surrender. There is no history of any police case against me.”
The case is under investigation.