The judicial custody of sacked Uttarakhand minority panel chief SS Namdhari and nine others including his PSO Sachin Tyagi, arrested for their alleged roles in the Ponty Chadha shootout case, was today extended till January 10 by a Delhi court.
Metropolitan Magistrate Sandeep Garg extended by 14 days the judicial custody of Namdhari, his Personal Security Officer (PSO) Tyagi, his aides Simranjeet Singh and Jagbir Singh and six others after they were produced in the court through video conferencing.
The police told the court the accused were not physically produced from jail before it due to security reasons.
The court also extended the judicial custody of accused Bhupender Singh, Uday Raj Singh, Rajpal Singh, Anand Singh Bisht, Mathura Singh Mehra and Satnam Singh, till January 10.
The Crime Branch of Delhi Police had booked Namdhari for allegedly killing Ponty Chadha's younger brother Hardeep. The accused were produced through video conferencing after expiry of their earlier judicial remand.
Tyagi, a constable with Uttarakhand Police since 2005 and deployed as Namdhari's PSO since January 2012, was also arrested for his alleged role in the crime.
Ponty and Hardeep, who had an ongoing property dispute, were killed in a shootout at their Chattarpur farmhouse here on November 17 afternoon, after which the police has arrested altogether eight persons including Tyagi and Namdhari in various criminal cases linked to the incident.
All the accused have been booked for allegedly committing offences of hatching criminal conspiracy, attempt to murder, dacoity, assault, Arms Act, destruction of evidence, trespass, illegal confinement and kidnapping.