Sukhmani Brar, alias Amanat (21) walked free after a local court on Wednesday acquitted her in a hit-and-run case that had hit the headlines in 2010. The court acquitted her due to 'lack of evidence' as the sole eyewitness and complainant in the case turned hostile.
Sukhmani had been booked on charges of causing death due to negligence under Section 304-A of the IPC.
The sole eyewitness and complainant in the case, Sarabjit, backed off from his earlier claim that the car was driven negligently. He rather diverted from his earlier statement that he had seen the accident happening on August 17, 2010, in which a 21-year-old budding engineer and his seven-year-old nephew were killed.
The case file
It was on August 17, 2010, that a Honda Accord allegedly driven by Sukhmani, who was 19-year-old at that time, collided with a motorbike on which two Kansal residents, Sukhwinder (21) and his cousin Harpreet (7) were riding.
Sukhmani was allegedly accompanied by her friend Harsimar at the time of the accident. The impact was so great that Sukhwinder and Harpreet were tossed up in the air before they fell on to the road.
Eyewitness Sarabjit had, at that time, told mediapersons and police that while Sukhwinder was crying in pain, the child (Harpreet) lay motionless on the road, with blood oozing from his head.
He had also told police that two boys, who were following the Accord car in a Swift, helped the girls get out of their car and flee the spot.
The accident had occurred near Chandigarh Club in Sector 1. Brar was reportedly driving at a high speed and was also racing with her friends, who were behind her in a Swift car. The police later denied that a race was going on.
While the car was abandoned at the mishap site, it was only the next day that police managed to reach its owner Col BS Brar, a resident of Sector 36. It was after over 19 hours that Sukhmani Brar surrendered at the Sector 3 police station, from where she was released on bail within two hours after a medical examination.
Earlier during the day, her uncle Col BS Brar (retd) had allegedly kept on misleading police, saying it was his driver who was driving the car.
Kin of deceased want no further action
The family of the deceased are "satisfied" with the court's verdict and don't want to follow up the case. Talking to the Hindustan Times, Dalbir Singh, father of Harpreet (7) who died in the accident, said, "We are not financially well-off to pursue the case further. Our children have gone and nothing can ever bring them back. We don't want any action against Sukhmani."
The defence lawyer, who had nothing much to say, maintained that it was up to the state police to see if they want to make an appeal in the higher court.