Salman Khan’s conviction may be celebrated by those who believe in the Indian judiciary, but for Peru Lal’s family, one of the six victims killed in the 1999 Sanjeev Nanda hit-and-run case, the wait has been too long.
Peru Lal, a Delhi Home Guard, was among the six people run over by Sanjeev Nanda, son of arms dealer Suresh Nanda and grandson of former navy chief SM Nanda, in south Delhi’s Lodhi Colony while returning home after a late night party on January 10, 1999.
In August 2012, the Apex Court reduced Nanda’s prison sentence to two years which he had already spent, but directed him to pay Rs 50 lakh to the Centre and do community service for two years.
Even after the final verdict in the case, Peru Lal’s family is still waiting for the compensation promised to them by the Delhi government. His wife and children are tired and do not want to fight for justice any longer.
“Several promises are made to the aggrieved families by the government when cases are in trial period. Once the final verdict is out, nobody bothers to fulfill the promises. The Delhi government had promised a government job to our mother, Phulo Devi but even 16 years after my father’s death, the promise has not been fulfilled,” said Naveen Kumar, Peru Lal’s youngest son.
Naveen was only five when his father, the sole bread earner for their six-member family, died. Showing a letter dated 28-12-1999, on their behalf to the then Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit, by the then local MLA Choudhary Prem Singh, Naveen claimed that the Congress government did nothing for them.
“We made repeated attempts to meet Sheila Dikshit but were never allowed to enter her office,” he said.