A woman army doctor has been awarded two years in jail for killing a woman scooterist after dragging her with her car, nearly three years after the accident.
Dismissing all pleas of leniency considering gravity of the offence, judicial magistrate Harpreet Kaur awarded two-year jail to Dr Meenakshi Sharma, a resident of Sector 36, Chandigarh, for causing death due to negligence (Section 304A) and six months jail for rash driving (279) under the Indian Penal Code. Both sentences will run concurrently.
The court also imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 on the convict.
The post-mortem examination report and mechanical report, along with the statement of the eyewitness, a beat constable, helped prove the guilt.
In his statement to the court, UT police constable Vijay Kumar had said he was on beat duty in Sector 33, Chandigarh, on October 8, 2012.
While patrolling, when he reached near Sectors 20/30/32/33 roundabout around 2:30pm, he saw a speeding Maruti Swift hit a Honda Activa scooter, and drag the victim along with the scooter, leaving her with serious injuries.
The car driver was later identified as Meenakshi Sharma, a military officer, who accompanied the victim, Chandrawati, to the hospital. Chandrawati succumbed to her injuries during treatment.
In her defence, Sharma claimed that she was falsely implicated.
The defence counsel also pointed out a number of contradictions in the prosecution story and sought Sharma’s acquittal terming the statement of eye witness a bundle of lies.