MP Dhananjay Singh and wife remanded over servant death

Jagriti Singh
Image caption Jagriti Singh was arrested on Tuesday

An Indian MP and his estranged wife have appeared in court and been remanded in custody after a servant's body bearing suspected signs of torture was found at their home in Delhi.

Police say that Jagriti Singh, the wife of Dhananjay Singh, the MP for Jaunpur in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, is the main murder suspect.

They say that the servant died of severe injuries late on Monday.

The MP denies involvement in her death. There has been no word from his wife.

He told local media that he was not living at the address at the time of the alleged attack and was in Jaunpur.

He said that he was instigating divorce proceedings against his wife, who works as a dentist in Delhi.

The NDTV news channel reported that servants at the MP's house often complained of being beaten with sticks and of being kept locked inside.

A police spokesman said that the couple briefly appeared in court on Wednesday.

"The court has sent them to five days [in] police remand," Deputy Commissioner of Police SBS Tyagi said.

The case comes months after a teenage Indian maid was rescued from an upmarket Delhi home by police and social rights campaigners. She said that she had been attacked with knives and mauled by dogs.

Her employer, a senior executive for a multinational company, is now facing charges of assault and illegal confinement.

In another case in April 2012 police arrested a wealthy couple, both doctors, who allegedly locked up their 13-year-old help while they went away on holiday.

She was rescued by fire fighters when neighbours spotted her crying on an outside balcony.

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites