Police wants to confront them with CCTV footage regarding identity of unidentified persons seen in it

Bahujan Samaj Party MP Dhananjay Singh (38) and his wife Jagriti (29), arrested in connection with the murder of their domestic help, were on Saturday remanded in two-day police custody after the police told a court here that they have to confront the accused with some CCTV footage to ascertain the identity of some unidentified persons present in it.

The BSP MP from Jaunpur in Uttar Pradesh and his dental surgeon wife were produced before Metropolitan Magistrate Jasjeet Kaur after expiry of their judicial custody. The Delhi Police sought four days’ police custody for interrogating them.

The police told the court they had received the forensic report of the Digital Video Recordings (DVRs) on November 14 and needed to confront the couple as they had given some contradictory statements.

The couple was arrested on November 5 in connection with the death of their 35-year-old domestic help Rakhi Bhadra, a resident of West Bengal.

Additional Public Prosecutor Mukul Kumar said the recordings pertain to 20 CCTV cameras installed at 175, South Avenue residence in Chanakyapuri, where the incident took place, and run into about 2,000 hours.

Advocates for the couple opposed the police’s plea saying they have already interrogated them for five days and that further custodial interrogation was not required.

Appearing for Mr. Singh, senior advocate Hariharan, said the MP has not been living in Chanakyapuri for the past two years and was out of Delhi from November 1 to 4, when the alleged incident took place.

The court, however, remanded the accused in police custody till November 18 saying the police need to ascertain the identity of these unidentified persons in the CCTV footage.

“I have considered the submissions of the Additional Public Prosecutor and counsel for the accused. Allegations against the accused are serious in nature. From the material on record, it is evident that opportunity has not been given to the investigating agency to confront the two accused persons with the DVRs handed over to the investigating officer by accused Dhananjay Singh in order to facilitate custodial interrogation of accused persons for ascertaining the identity of unidentified persons...”

Advocate Pramod Dubey, appearing for Dr. Singh, had told the court that she was in “acute depression” and the investigating officer should have informed the court about the same. The court, however, asked him to produce relevant medical documents . — PTI