More than three months after a speeding BMW rammed into a car — killing two people, including a pregnant woman — the Gurgaon police on Wednesday finally filed the chargesheet in the hit-and-run case.
On May 5, the BMW bearing number plate HR 26 AV 0007, driven by a Delhi University student, crashed into the car near Iffco Chowk. A pregnant woman, Kshama Chopra, and the driver of the car Sanjay Gulati had died on the spot. Three others in the car, including Kshama's parents and husband, were seriously injured.
"Today (Wednesday), DCP Maheshwar Dayal called me up saying that the chargesheet has been filed. He had promised me that it would be filed by August 24 when I had met him on August 16," said Shailesh Sheyte, Kshama's husband.
In the chargesheet submitted at a local court, the police maintained that 19-year-old Suraj Sehrawat was behind the wheels at the time of the accident and he was not carrying his driving license. The main accused had been denying the charges earlier.
The police have also booked the teen under the Motor Vehicle Act for not carrying his DL while driving.
However, a blood sample report from the Forensic Science Laboratory in Madhuban, near Karnal, is likely to reach Gurgaon on Thursday. The city police will produce the same in the court.
The report, however, would not be of much help in the case as air bags in the car saved Suraj from any injuries.
According to a senior police officer, the July 18 arson at Maruti's Manesar plant and false promises made by the accused to produce his driving license had led to the delay in filing of a chargesheet.
The Gurgaon police were under fire from the first day for its shoddy investigation in the case.
The court had, earlier, set August 1 as the date of hearing after the prime accused in the case was granted bail on a personal bond of R50,000. He was booked under Section 304 (A) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for causing death due to rash and negligent driving. Suraj's father, Devender Sherawat, an influential businessman who reportedly owns a fleet of 1,000 cabs. He is the owner of the BMW car.
The police said that the victim, along with her family, had come to Delhi for a medical check-up. The Chopra family belongs to Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) and had come to visit Gulati, a relative.
Gulati's body was sent to Jammu, his native place, for the last rites. He is survived by his wife and 12-year-old son. He had been living in Delhi for the past five years and running a transport business, said Gulati's relative.