Delhi High Court rejects Sanjeev Nanda’s bail extension plea

January 9th, 2009 - 8:30 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Jan 9 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Friday rejected the plea of BMW hit-and-run case convict Sanjeev Nanda for extending his interim bail which expires Saturday. Justice Kailash Gambhir dismissed Nanda’s petition, requiring Nanda to surrender Saturday.

Nanda, undergoing five years’ jail term in the BMW hit-and-run case, was Dec 19 last year granted three-week interim bail to meet his ailing grandfather former navy chief S.M. Nanda.

“In order to help the 1971 war hero to meet his grandson, three weeks’ interim bail is granted to Nanda,” the court had said while granting Sanjeev Nanda the bail.

Nanda’s counsel and senior advocate Ram Jethmalani had told the court that the convict’s grandfather was not well and wanted to see him.

“He (S.M. Nanda) is at an advanced stage of Parkinson’s disease and at the age of 93, afflicted with various diseases besides having suffered two heart attacks,” Jethmalani had said, and also referred to the excellent service rendered by Nanda’s grandfather to the nation.

“He is a man of excellent credentials, who served the nation throughout his life. He was the man who took a boat and went alone to Karachi in 1971 (during the Indo-Pakistan war) to bomb the city.

“He is now above 90 years of age and is losing his memory. Whenever he gets back his memory, he remembers his only grandson,” Jethmalani had said.

Nanda, son of arms dealer Suresh Nanda, was sentenced to a five-year jail term on Sep 5, 2008 for killing six persons, including three policemen by his BMW car in the early hours of Jan 10, 1999 at Lodhi Colony here.

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