BSP MP Dhananjay Singh and his wife Jagriti, arrested in connection with the murder of their maid, were remanded to police custody for two days by a Delhi court on Saturday. The development followed after the police said they needed to identity some people seen in the CCTV footage of the MP’s residence.
The BSP MP from Jaunpur constituency in Uttar Pradesh and his wife, a dental surgeon at Delhi’s RML Hospital, were produced before Metropolitan Magistrate Jasjeet Kaur after expiry of their judicial custody.
Dhananjay and Jagriti were arrested on November 5, in connection with the death of their 35-year-old maid Rakhi Bhadra, a resident of West Bengal.
The advocates, appearing for Dhananjay and Jagriti, opposed the police’s plea saying they have already interrogated both the accused for five days in their custody and further custodial interrogation was not required.
The court, however, remanded both the accused to police custody till November 18 saying: “Allegations against the accused are serious in nature.”
According to the police, the video recordings of 20 CCTV cameras between November 1 and November 4 runs into around 2,000 hours.The maid’s body had burn marks and injuries on the chest, stomach, arms and legs and was recovered from their residence at South Avenue on the evening of November 4, after Dhananjay informed the police.
Dhananjay, who already faces charges of murder, extortion and other offences under the Gangsters Act, was arrested for destroying evidence, not informing the police about the maid’s death immediately and employing a juvenile as a domestic help.