Suspended AAP Councillor Tahir Hussain Sent to 7-Day Custody

The Delhi Police arrested him on 5 March from a Delhi court where he went to surrender before the court.

Updated07 Mar 2020, 03:29 AM IST
India
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A Delhi court on Friday, 6 March, sent suspended AAP councillor Tahir Hussain to 7-day police custody in connection with the death of Ankit Sharma, the Intelligence Bureau (IB) official whose body was reportedly recovered from a drain in northeast Delhi’s Chand Bagh on 26 February.

On Friday, Duty Magistrate Rakesh Kumar passed the order after Hussain was produced before him by Delhi Police, which said that his custodial interrogation was required to unearth a larger conspiracy, Hussain's advocate Mukesh Kalia said.

Hussain was produced before the duty magistrate amid tight security late in the evening and neither the media nor any lawyer, other then those connected with the case, was allowed inside the courtroom, according to PTI.

The crime branch of Delhi Police had arrested Hussain on Thursday from a Delhi court where he went to surrender. The court dismissed his plea seeking to surrender before it.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Vishal Pahuja rejected Hussain's plea saying that the relief sought by him was outside its jurisdiction.

As the court dismissed Hussain’s plea, a Delhi Police team, which had already arrived, arrested him and took him into custody.`

Hussain moved the surrender application before the court saying that he was willing to join the investigation and wanted to surrender in the case.

Advocate Mukesh Kalia, appearing for Hussain, argued before the court that Hussain was facing life threats and was forced to move a surrender plea before the Rouse Avenue court instead of Karkardooma court.

The lawyer said Hussain has been falsely implicated in the case and sought protection for his life and property.

Hussain has been named in an FIR filed by Ankit Sharma's family. It has been registered under Section 302 IPC (punishment for murder).

AAP had suspended Hussain on 27 February from the primary membership of the party till completion of the probe.

(With inputs from PTI.)

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Published: 05 Mar 2020, 10:46 AM IST
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