BMW hit-and-run: Utsav Bhasin moves high court for bail

September 22nd, 2008 - 8:44 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Sep 22 (IANS) Utsav Bhasin, 19-year-old son of a Haryana-based industrialist who allegedly rammed his BMW car into a motorcycle killing one and injuring another, filed an anticipatory bail plea in the Delhi High Court Monday.The high court is likely to hear the plea Tuesday.

Bhasin’s move came four days after Additional Sessions Judge Brijesh Singh had rejected the bail application stating that the offence committed was non-bailable.

During the arguments, Delhi Police counsel while opposing Bhasin’s plea informed the sessions court that they had recorded the statement of Mrigank Srivastav Sep 15, who along with Anuj Singh was injured in the Sep 11 accident. Singh succumbed to his injuries Sep 13.

Srivastav, in his statement, has narrated how the accident took place and how Bhasin fled the spot soon after hitting them, the police counsel said.

“To form the exact sequence of events and conduct a test identification parade (TIP), we need the custody of the accused,” he said.

Refuting the police’s contention, Bhasin’s counsel Ramesh Gupta said: “Utsav has admitted he was driving the car at the time of the incident and it is he who called up the police after the accident but left the place in confusion, fearing misbehaviour from the police.”

Bhasin, who was allegedly drunk at the time of the accident, now faces stringent penal provisions as police have amended the charges against him in the first information report (FIR).

It has included the clause Section 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), a non-bailable offence under the Indian Penal Code. Earlier, the FIR was filed under Section 279 (rash and negligent driving) and 337 (causing hurt and endangering life).

Police have already seized Bhasin’s passport on the direction of the Delhi High Court.

On Sep 11, Srivastav and his friend Singh were on a bike when the car driven by Bhasin allegedly hit them and sped away in south Delhi’s Lajpat Nagar. Bhasin was arrested from Kashmere Gate Sep 12 and granted bail.

The accident took place soon after the verdict in a similar case in which Sanjeev Nanda, who belongs to an influential family, had mowed down six people in 1999 and was sentenced to five years in jail for the crime.

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