Relief fund caused witnesses to retract in BMW case: counsel

July 4th, 2008 - 10:20 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 4 (IANS) A relief fund established for the victims of a hit-and-run accident here that claimed the lives of six people had resulted in the witnesses in the case retracting their statements on the incident, a court here was told Friday. Special Prosecutor Rajeev Mohan, while reading from the statement of witness Manoj Malik who survived the accident, pointed out that the vehicle involved had been turned from a BMW car into a truck to shield prime accused Sanjeev Nanda, grandson of former Indian Navy chief Admiral S.M. Nanda, who was driving the vehicle.

Deposing before Additional Sessions Judge Vinod Kumar, Mohan contended that the constitution of a relief fund, the transfer to it of Rs 2.5 million, and Malik’s “undue haste” in getting his testimony recorded indicated “extraneous reasons” for his change in stance.

The arguments remained inconclusive and will resume Monday.

According to the prosecution, Nanda mowed down six people, including three policemen, Jan 10, 1999 while driving his BMW car in the Lodhi Road area of south Delhi.

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