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Ashish Pandey Surrenders After Issue Of Non-Bailable Warrant, Sent To 1-Day Police Custody

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| October 18 , 2018 , 13:31 IST

Lucknow-based businessman Ashish Pandey who became infamous after a video of him brandishing a gun outside the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Delhi went viral, on Thursday surrendered at Delhi's Patiala House Court, a day after a non-bailable warrant had been issued against him.

The court sentenced him to 1-day police custody, as opposed to the 4-day custody demanded by the Delhi Police. 

In Ashish's first statement since the video of October 14 went viral and Delhi Police took cognizance of it registering a case against him, he claimed in a video that he carried the gun for safety and alleged that a media trial had been carried out against him.  

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Son of former Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) MP Rakesh Pandey and brother of current BSP MLA Ritesh Pandey, Ashish claimed that being a part of a political family did not mean he had committed a crime.

"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. I've faith in judiciary and so I decided to surrender. There is no history of police case against me," Ashish Pandey said.

"I'm being projected like I'm a wanted terrorist & 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 added.

View Pandey's full statement:

In a video of October 14 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in south Delhi, Ashish can be seen brandishing a gun and threatening a couple. Delhi Police took cognizance of the video and registered a case under the Arms Act at the RK Puram Police Station on Monday.

Although the victim, identified as Kanwar Gaurav Singh did not file a complaint when Pandey waved the gun in front of him at the Hyatt Regency hotel in South Delhi, as the police launched a search for Pandey, Singh filed a written statement with the police.

In his statement, Singh described in detail on the events of that day and expressed that he was scared for his life and requested police protection.