Jaipur hit-and-run: MLA’s son in police custody, victims’ kin create furore

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jaipur
  • Updated: Jul 04, 2016 09:29 IST
Police take accused Siddharth Maharia in custody after producing him in a court in Jaipur. (Himanshu Vyas/ HT Photo)

Police on Sunday presented Rajasthan lawmaker Nandkishore Maharia’s son Siddharth before a Jaipur sessions court following his arrest the previous day for allegedly crashing a BMW car into an autorickshaw, killing three people and injuring four policemen.

Though police had sought a three-day remand for the accused, metropolitan magistrate Parveen Banu granted just one day.

Earlier, arguing for the defence, advocate Deepak Chauhan said Siddharth is being unfairly targeted by police because policemen were injured in the accident.

“Siddharth has repeatedly said that he wasn’t driving the car and it was the driver Ramesh who was behind the wheels. The fact that after initially fleeing from the spot of the accident, Ramesh came back to surrender but the police didn’t record his statement shows that the police is conducting the investigation unfairly,” said Chauhan.

He argued that section 304 of the IPC (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) doesn’t apply in the case because there is no proof that the car was being driven with the intention to harm someone.

“The FIR was lodged 12 hours after the accident and the police have no satisfactory answer that why this delay happened. Why the police want custody of the accused is also not clear,” Chauhan said.

Earlier in the day, relatives of the three victims staged a protest outside Ashok Nagar police station and demanded harshest possible punishment for Siddharth.

The family of one of the victims, Jethanand, demanded adequate compensation as he was the sole breadwinner.

Police officer Kamal Nayan, who was arguing for the prosecution, said Siddharth knew it well that rash driving in an inebriated condition could result in an accident and thus he was booked under section 304.

He further added that a forensic team took blood samples of the accused and collected evidence from the car.

“More details about the speed of the car at the time of accident and the inebriated state of Siddharth and his friend would come out after the FSL team prepares its report,” said Nayan. The defence will be presenting an application of bail on the court on Monday.

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