Around 5.15pm, Ansari was brought to court in a police van, clad in a full-length burkha, instead of the usual veil to cover the face. The police said they did not want anyone to see him before the identification parade was conducted.
As the burkha was taken off, metropolitan magistrate Sailesh Deshpande asked those not connected with the case or its coverage to vacate the courtroom.
Public prosecutor BB Yele asked the court to remand Ansari in judicial custody so the identification parade could be held.
The magistrate asked Ansari a barrage of questions, including whether he was tortured by the police or had complaints against them. Ansari said he had no complaints, but pleaded innocence. “I have done nothing. I am not even aware what I am booked under.”
The court has remanded him in judicial custody till November 9.