In a dramatic development, the driver of the BMW — who allegedly rammed into a Tata Indigo, killing two people on May 5 — appeared in a Gurgaon court and owned the responsibility of the accident on Saturday.
Rajesh Kumar, 35, a relative of BMW owner Devender Sehrawat from Hisar, made a brief appearance in the court.
His name did not figure in the FIR. The court has reserved its decision on his bail petition till May 14 when the police will file its reply.Sehrawat’s lawyer Vishal Gupta produced Rajesh Kumar in the court of chief judicial magistrate Jasbir Singh.
“Rajesh has owned the responsibility of the accident saying he was driving the BMW. As his (Rajesh) name does not appear in the FIR and also because negligent driving is a bailable offence, the court allowed him to go home. We moved his bail petition which will be heard on May 14 when the police will file its reply,” Gupta said.
Meanwhile, the police are not convinced with Rajesh’s side of the story and are searching for his mobile phone to know his exact location when the accident took place.
On the other hand, Devender Sehrawat informed the police that Rajesh did not carry a mobile phone.
“As per our investigation, there were two persons in the BMW when the incident occurred. This is in contrast to the claims of the car owner, who states that there were three persons — driver Rajesh Kumar, Suraj and Daksh (Suraj’s friend),” said DCP (crime) Maheshwar Dayal.
“We have sought the call details of Rajesh’s mobile though Devender Sehrawat claims that he does not own a phone,” he added.
The police also issued a legal notice to Suraj Sehrawat, son of the BMW owner, to participate in the investigation. “Arrest warrant will be issued against Suraj if he does not honour the legal notice,” said DCP Dayal.
The statement of injured DU student Daksh Jaiswal, who was in the BMW during the accident, was also taken down.
In his statement, Daksh stated that Rajesh was driving the car and Suraj was seated in the front, while he was on the rear seat.
Police pin hope on sole eyewitness
Having failed to crack the case, the Gurgaon police have now pinned their hopes on the sole eyewitness, who rushed the injured members of the Chopra family to the hospital on May 5.
Not believing the claims of BMW owner Devender Sehrawat that the car was being driven by Rajesh Kumar, the police hope to establish that the number of car occupants was two, and not three. The police say the eyewitness is vital and is under police protection.When the police did not arrive on the accident spot, the eyewitness had rushed deceased Kshama Chopra Shetye, her husband and parents to Max Hospital.