Four years after a Pinjore resident was booked for causing the death of a pedestrian in a road accident, judicial magistrate Anil Kaushik awarded 1-year jail to the accused.
In spite of being convicted of rash and negligent driving leading to the death of pedestrian, the convict Raghbir Singh, hailing from Pinjore, was not taken into custody. He was granted bail soon after against bail bonds of `25,000 and one surety, suspending his sentence for a month.
The conviction has been done under Sections 304-A (causing death by negligence) and 279 (rash driving or riding on a public way). The court also imposed a fine of `10,000 on the convict.
Dismissing the plea of false implication, the court held, "The offending car was being driven by accused in a very rash and negligent manner and the fact that after hitting the victim, this car overturned proves high speed and rash and negligent driving by the accused."
The UT police had booked Raghbir on a complaint from Riaz Ali, a resident of Manimajra. Ali, a tailor, had alleged that Raghbir had killed his cousin, Shahnawaz, on May 25, 2010, when he and the victim were on a walk in Bapudham colony.
Near the railway light crossing, the accused's rashly-driven car had hit the victim, who was on foot. Another pedestrian was also hit. The car had overturned, he had alleged. The injured were rushed to the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) and taking benefit of the commotion, the accused had slipped away. He was later arrested by tracking the registration number of the vehicle.
Investigating officer in dock, court recommends action
The court came down heavily on UT police sub-inspector Satyabir Singh, the investigating officer (IO) in the case.
"The IO made his best efforts to acquit the accused.
He specifically admitted in his cross-examination that Riaz Ali was not the eye-witness. The question arises if Riaz Ali was not an eyewitness, then why the IO, who himself conducted the investigation, arrayed him as eyewitness.
This act of the IO is highly deplorable and is liable to be brought to the notice of the higher officers of the prosecution agency. Hence, a copy of this judgment be sent to the IG, Chandigarh, for information and necessary action."