Court to try BMW hit-and-run case on day-to-day basis

June 30th, 2008 - 10:13 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, June 30 (IANS) A city court will start from Tuesday hearing final arguments in the nine-year-old BMW hit-and-run case in which six people were killed on the Lodhi Road here. Additional Sessions Judge Vinod Kumar ordered that the final arguments will be heard from July 1 to July 10 and the period will be extended if needed.

Sanjeev Nanda, grandson of former navy chief Admiral S.M. 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.

Five people, including Nanda, have been booked for various offences, including attempt to murder and destruction of evidence.

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.

Nanda also termed Sunil Kulkarni, an alleged eyewitness to the accident, as a “false” witness and said he was a man of questionable character against whom several cheating cases were pending in Mumbai courts.

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