BMW victim’s kin not hopeful of stringent punishment

September 2nd, 2008 - 9:28 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Sep 2 (IANS) Pawan Kumar, the young son of constable Perulal, a victim in the BMW hit and run case in which Sanjeev Nanda was pronounced guilty Tuesday, said he was not happy and didn’t have much hope from the quantum of sentence that will be announced Wednesday.”I am not happy. We had to wait for nine long years for justice…each day was a struggle for me and my family as we prayed that the guilty be punished soon. We had been given a lot of promises, about free education, employment but none of it was fulfilled,” Kumar said.

“Frankly, I don’t have much hope from the judgement (quantum of sentence) that will be announced tomorrow (Wednesday). Sanjeev Nanda is a rich and powerful man and he will get away without harsh punishment,” he told IANS.

A Delhi court Tuesday held Sanjeev Nanda, son of arms dealer Suresh Nanda and grandson of former navy chief S.M. Nanda, guilty of mowing down six people under his BMW Jan 10, 1999, while acquitting his friend Manik Kapoor who was sitting in the car seat adjacent to the driver’s at the time of the crash.

The quantum of sentencing will be announced Wednesday.

“I am happy that Nanda has been finally pronounced guilty. But then, these are rich people and they will get away with light punishment,” said a distraught Phulwati, Perulal’s widow.

According to the prosecution, Nanda ran over six people, including three policemen, that fateful night. During the arguments, the prosecution proved that Nanda was in an inebriated state at the time of the accident.

Those killed in the accident were Mehdi Hasan, Nazir and Ghulam and three constables Rajan Kumar, Ram Raj and Perulal.

There were three people in the car at the time - Sanjeev Nanda, Manik Kapoor and Siddharth Gupta. After the accident, they fled from the scene and reached the Gupta residence in Golf Links where Siddharth’s father Rajiv Gupta and his domestic helps washed off the stains.

The day after, Jan 11, the police arrested all six. While the three in the car were charged with culpable homicide not amounting to murder, the three who helped wash the car were accused of destroying evidence.

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