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Verdict in Nanda case likely on Tuesday

A city court is likely to pronounce verdict in the ten-year-old BMW hit-and-run case involving Sanjeev Nanda on Tuesday, reports Naziya Alvi.

delhi Updated: Aug 31, 2008 23:05 IST
Naziya Alvi

A city court is likely to pronounce verdict in the ten-year-old BMW hit-and-run case involving Sanjeev Nanda on Tuesday.

Nanda, grandson of former Navy chief S.M. Nanda, allegedly in an inebriated state is accused of mowing down seven people with his high speeding BMW car on January 10, 1999.

Six persons died on the spot while one survived. Three were police constables.

Nanda, then a 19-year-old student of a top B school in USA, had come here on a vacation. He was arrested soon after the incident, following which he spent nine months in jail. He is facing charges of culpable homicide not amounting to murder and rash and negligent driving.

Nanda’s friend Manik Kapoor who too was allegedly present in the car is also facing trial other than businessman Rajiv Gupta and his two servants who are accused of destruction of evidence.

The prosecution in the case is largely dependent on a controversial witness Sunil Kulkarni. He is the only witness so far to have identified Nanda in the court as one of the occupants of a “black car” that allegedly mowed down seven people. He has, however, only confirmed his presence in the car and not on the driving seat.

Interestingly, the prosecution had dropped this witness earlier on finding him “unreliable”. He was re-called by court in March 2007. According to Additional Sessions Judge Vinod Kumar, “there was no evidence against Nanda until Kulkarni deposed”.

He is also the man behind the “sting” that has landed two advocates — R.K. Anand and I.U. Khan — in trouble.

The other two witnesses, a survivor of the accident — Manoj Malik — and a petrol pump employee were declared hostile. Malik’s testimony had been a major shock for the prosecution. He had told the court that it was “a truck-like” vehicle that had hit him on the fateful night.

Petrol pump employee Harishankar was one of the first persons to reach the spot and also to inform the police. He too was declared a hostile witness after he told the court that he did not see anything.

The prosecution also has a few forensic evidences like Nanda’s blood samples and a video of the car involved in the accident. It has also been able to prove that the car belonged to Nanda.