Discrepancies in police records in BMW case: Nanda’s counselJuly 18th, 2008 - 10:33 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, July 18 (IANS) Defence counsel for Sanjeev Nanda, main accused in the BMW hit-and-run case in which six people including three policemen were run over, Friday alleged there were discrepancies in police records. Nanda’s counsel Ramesh Gupta alleged during final arguments in the case in a city court that Nanda was booked under a harsh penal provision as three policemen were among those who were killed in the accident.
“Just because the list of dead include three police men, they (Police) deliberately fabricated the records and withheld PCR (Police Control Room) details and lodged a First Information Report (FIR) under section 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), attracting life term as maximum punishment,” Gupta submitted before Additional Sessions Judge Vinod Kumar.
“According to PCR records, the sole survivor of the accident, Manoj Malik, told policemen that he did not know what hit him. However, the FIR says that Malik told them that a BMW car had hit him on that fateful night,” he claimed.
The police deliberately did not examine the person who had first intimated them about the incident despite the fact the PCR records reflected the telephone number from which the first call about the incident was made, he claimed.
“It was a case of simple accident. But they (police) later introduced so-called eye-witness Sunil Kulkarni who claimed that the accused got down from the car after the incident and then fled away. It was done just to claim that the accused intentionally committed the offence,” he said.
Sanjeev Nanda is alleged to have mowed down six people, including three policemen, with his BMW car Jan 10, 1999, on Lodhi Road.