Delhi court rejects bail plea of Ashish Pandey, who brandished pistol outside 5-star hotel, sent to judicial custody till Monday

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Delhi’s Patiala House Court on Friday rejected the bail plea of Ashish Pandey, who was seen brandishing a pistol and threatening a couple of dire consequences on 14 October. The court sent him to judicial custody till Monday. Pandey, son of a former BSP MP, was sent to one police custody after he surrendered before the court on Thursday.

Ashish Pandey

A real estate businessman from Lucknow, the video of Pandey brandishing his pistol outside Delhi’s Hyatt hotel had gone viral. In the video, he could be seen hurling abuses at a couple while threatening them of dire consequences. He was also joined by three women, seen in the video provoking him while speaking in fake American accent.

The cops investigating the matter has seized his pistol and the BMW he was driving on the night of the incident. They’ve launched a hunt for those female companion of Pandey.

Pandey on Thursday had profusely apologised for his act while denying the allegations of pointing the pistol at the couple. In a video message before surrendering before the court, a visibly frightened Pandey had said, “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 district administration of Lucknow had revoked the licences of all three firearms owned by him. Pandey’s pink trouser had also become a butt of jokes on social media. He’s been booked under the Arms Act and for assault.

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