A Delhi court on Monday granted transit remand to a West Bengal resident who is a key witness in the Audi hit-and-run case that claimed the life of an IAF corporal during the Republic Day rehearsal in Kolkata.
Brought to court with his face covered, 24-year-old Shahnawaz Khan was arrested in the capital on Monday and was later sent to two-day transit remand by Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) Pooran Chand after Kolkata Police sought his custody for interrogation. “Keeping in mind the facts and circumstances, the court has decided to send the accused in transit remand. Sub-inspector Sumit Bhattacharya will produced him before CMM Calcutta on January 20,” said the court.
The court also said that if the police along with the accused reach Kolkata before or after January 20, he be produced before the duty magistrate.
Khan was arrested from Ajmeri Gate in Central Delhi by a team of Kolkata Police, Anti-Rowdy Section of Detective department at Lal Bazar, Kolkata.
According to the police, Khan was in the Audi Q7 being driven by Sambia Sohrab, which allegedly mowed down Corporal Abhimanyu Gaud during the rehearsal of Republic Day parade on January 13 in Kolkata.
A case of murder and criminal conspiracy under the IPC was registered at Police Station Maidan in Calcutta.
The court directed the police to get the accused medically examined before boarding the train.
Police said in its application that the 21-year-old IAF Corporal was knocked down and killed after being hit by the brand new Audi car during the Republic Day rehearsal parade on the Red Road.
Khan and prime accused Sambia would be questioned together after being brought to Kolkata, it said.