New Delhi: On Friday, November 2, a Delhi Court granted bail to Ashish Pandey, son of a former BSP MP, who was arrested for brandishing his gun at guests of a five-star hotel in the National Capital.
Metropolitan Magistrate, Dharmender Singh, accorded relief to Pandey by accepting his bail application upon furnishing a personal bond of Rs. 50,000/- and surety of like amount .
The incident took place on October 14, wherein Ashish Pandey was allegedly accused of brandishing a pistol at a couple in a five star hotel and threating them in public at the very entrance of the hotel. The entire ordeal was recorded by an observer, following which the video went viral on social media and thereby created a furious stir amongst the public at large. According to the video, Pandey was seen accompanied by three women, who were also involved in the argument between the accused and the couple.
The video lead to a massive public outburst, which urged the official authorities to step in and initiate a man-hunt as the accused went missing soon after the incident. Subsequently, on October 16, an FIR was filed against him at R.K. Puram Police Station, wherein Pandey was charged under various provisions of the IPC and Arms Act pertaining to criminal intimidation and misuse of fire arms.
On October 18, the accused surrendered before a Delhi Court, whereby he was remanded to one-day police custody. The accused claimed that the police officials were well aware that he possessed a licensed gun and the entire matter was nothing but a conspiracy against him on grounds of political feud.
On Thursday November 1, the police filed a chargesheet against him. According to the report, Pandey is charged under Sections 25 and 27 of the Arms Act and Sections 341 and 506 of the IPC for punishment for wrongful restraint and punishment for criminal intimidation respectively.