4-day remand for duo in case relating to maid&’s murder
Press Trust of India
New Delhi, 11 November
BSP MP Dhananjay Singh and his wife Jagriti, arrested in connection with the murder of their maid, were today remanded to four-day judicial custody by a court here after the Delhi Police said they are waiting for some reports and will confront the accused with them later.
Dhananjay, BSP MP from Jaunpur constituency in Uttar Pradesh, and Jagriti, a dental surgeon at the R M L Hospital here, were produced before Metropolitan Magistrate Gomati Manocha on expiry of their five days’ police custody.
Dhananjay and Jagriti were arrested on 5 November in connection with the death of their 35-year-old maid Rakhi Bhadra, a resident of West Bengal.
The police moved an application seeking four-day judicial custody of both the accused saying their further police custody may be required to confront them with Digital Video Recorders (DVRs) which have been sent to forensic science laboratory (FSL) in Rohini here for examination as well as for expert opinion.
Additional Public Prosecutor Mukul Kumar told the court that the forensic experts require some time to retrieve the data of DVRs, which were provided by Dhananjay to the police, and they might take custody of the accused later on to confront them with the reports and opinions.
The magistrate allowed the police’s plea and sent both the accused to judicial custody till 15 November.
During the proceedings, Dhananjay moved an application seeking bail and the court directed the police to file its response on 15 November, the date on which it will hear the plea.
The prosecutor told the court that at this stage, the accused need to be sent to judicial custody as some more evidence will be collected during this period.
Senior advocate Hariharan, who appeared for Dhananjay, claimed nothing has surfaced in the five days of police custody and the police are now seeking to send his client in judicial custody in anticipation that they might get something during this period.
The prosecutor countered the submissions of Dhananjay’s counsel saying “we can confront accused with the FSL reports when they will be received.”
The magistrate also pointed out to the defence counsel that it is not “anticipation” as the FSL report is awaited.
Regarding Dhananjay’s bail application, the court asked Hariharan whether he wanted to press it at this stage or at a later stage.
Hariharan said if police would file its reply to it, then they will press their application. At this, the prosecutor said they need at least a day’s time to file their response, after which the court fixed it for 15 November.
During the hearing, Jagriti’s counsel Pankaj Kumar told the court that his client is in “acute mental depression” and the investigating officer should have said this to the court. The court, however, told him to produce relevant medical documents in this regard before it.
The prosecutor too told the court that as of now Jagriti is medically fit.