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Domestic help death: BSP MP,wife in four-day judicial custody

The police plea was allowed by the court and both of them were sent to judicial custody till November 15.

BSP MP Dhananjay Singh and his wife Jagriti were remanded in four-day judicial custody by a court after police said they were awaiting certain reports in the case. The two were arrested after their help,Rakhi Bhadra (35),was found dead in their South Avenue home,

Dhananjay Singh,the BSP MP from Jaunpur constituency in Uttar Pradesh,and his wife,who is a dental surgeon at RML Hospital in Delhi,were produced before Metropolitan Magistrate Gomati Manocha on Monday after their five-day police custody ended.

Additional Public Prosecutor Mukul Kumar moved an application seeking four-day judicial custody for both the accused saying that forensic experts at FSL Rohini will require time to analyse the digital video recorders (DVR) sent to them.

The police plea was allowed by the court and both of them were sent to judicial custody till November 15. Dhananjay moved an application seeking bail and the court asked police to file their response by November 15,when it will hear the plea.

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Senior advocate Hariharan,who appeared for the MP,claimed that police had not been able to find any incriminating evidence in the past five days and were sending the BSP MP to judicial custody in the hope that they would be able to uncover something.

Dhananjay’s counsel also said the MP’s “only crime” was being married to co-accused Jagriti. In his bail plea,he said had been “framed” and had separated from his wife due to her “unpredictable and violent behaviour”.

In the bail plea,Dhananjay,the help’s torture allegedly began from November 1 and she died purportedly on November 4,a period during which he was in his constituency.

He said he had already filed a divorce petition before the court and had taken her to a doctor because of her “behavioural and mental status”,but she did not take the medicines prescribed to her.

Jagriti’s counsel Pankaj Kumar told the court that she was suffering from “acute mental depression” and claimed that she also had “bouts of uncontrolled behaviour”. He added that her mental health should have been brought up by the investigating officer. The court told him to produce relevant medical documents in this regard.

BSP MP Dhananjay Singh’s counsel sought release of personal belongings seized by police at the time of his arrest.

Police said they only needed his two mobile phones and had no objection to the release of other articles.

With regard to Dhananjay’s plea to preserve the CCTV footage of Chankyapuri police station,police said this wasn’t possible as these cameras are not capable of recording.

The court disposed Dhananjay’s plea and directed FSL,Rohini,to preserve call detail records and DVRs.

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