BMW hit-and-run case: Final arguments begin

July 1st, 2008 - 10:20 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 1 (IANS) A city court Tuesday began hearing the final arguments in the nine-year-old BMW car hit-and-run case in which six people were killed here, with the prosecution stressing that it was an enormous crime. The prosecution said the road accident was not just “negligence” but a serious offence in which some of the six victims were dragged by the speeding car for several feet before their death.

“Blood stains, body parts of the victims and broken pieces of the car were found lying in an area measuring 100 to 125 square feet… These aspects indicate that it was not a case of sheer negligence and it was a more serious offence,” public prosecutor Rajeev Mohan stated before Additional Sessions Judge Vinod Kumar.

Initiating final arguments before the court, Mohan said: “Scattered blood and flesh of the victims indicate the enormity of the incident and it cannot be said to be a simple case of accident.”

He justified the registration of a first information report (FIR) against six accused, including Sanjeev Nanda, grandson of former navy chief S.M. Nanda, under stringent provisions of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) dealing with culpable homicide not amounting to murder.

The arguments, which remain inconclusive, will continue Wednesday.

Nanda was allegedly driving the BMW car that mowed down six people sleeping on a pavement of Lodhi Road in the wee hours of Jan 10, 1999.

While recording his statement in the court, Nanda said he was innocent and was not driving the car and alleged that investigators implicated him as they were in a hurry to solve the case.

“I am innocent. I was neither the driver of the alleged BMW car nor was I an occupant of the car at the time of the alleged occurrence,” he said.

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