Ponty Chadha murder: Court extends Namdhari's police remand till Dec 5

Ponty Chadha murder

A Delhi court today extended till December 5 the police remand of sacked Uttarakhand minority panel chief Sukhdev Singh Namdhari, booked on murder charges in liquor baron Ponty Chadha shootout case.

Extending Namdhari's police custody by three more days, Metropolitan Magistrate Sunil Beniwal observed that five more co-accused, who have altered and cleaned the pistol used in the incident, have to be arrested, for which the accused has shown willingness to make their arrest possible.

"The matter is under investigation and more co-accused including those who have altered and cleaned the pistol have to be arrested in the present case. The accused has assured the police that he would accompany them to make their arrest possible, therefore, he is remanded in police custody till December 5," Beniwal said.

Namdhari, who has been in police custody since his arrest, was produced before the court after his three days' police remanded expired today.

Seeking his custodial interrogation for five more days, the Crime Branch of Delhi Police told the court that all the five accused involved in the crime have to be arrested and the vehicles used in the crime seized.

The probe agency also told the court that the accused himself has confessed that he will accompany the investigating officer (IO) to get arrested the other accused involved in the crime as they are absconding from their present place of stay.

Namdhari was arrested in connection with the November 17 shootout in a farmhouse here, in which Ponty and his brother Hardeep had lost their lives.

Namdhari's counsel R S Malik opposed the remand plea of police asking as to what his client had to do with the arrest of the co-accused. The same ground was taken by the agency on earlier occasions too, he said.

Malik also argued before the court that the investigating agency is extorting Namdhari's confessional statement and even fabricating statements of eye witnesses in the case.

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