In what amounts to a denial of justice to the kin of four people, including an HCL employee, killed after an Audi crashed into an autorickshaw in Ghaziabad, the car owner, Dr Manish Rawat, a neurosurgeon with Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi, was granted bail on Friday.
Dr Rawat appeared before a Ghaziabad court on Friday and obtained bail as he was charged under bailable sections.
He was the second person to obtain bail in the case after a person, claiming to be the driver of the killer car, appeared on January 31 and obtained bail.
The families have alleged that the Ghaziabad crime branch charged the doctor only with sections related to rash and negligent driving and causing death by negligence, thereby allowing him to obtain the bail.
The families also reiterated their claim that it was the doctor who was driving the car on the day of the incident.
“With his bail, our case has gained strength that it was the doctor who was driving the car. It is now clear as to who is the direct beneficiary of the conspiracy by which an impostor surrendered as the driver and obtained bail on January 31. The crime branch has failed to unearth the real conspirator and the beneficiaries of the conspiracy,” said Narendra Singh Sengar, uncle of Yajuvendra Singh, one of the victims.
However, Dr Rawat’s bail has not disheartened the victim families or their resolve to continue the fight for justice.
“We have sent complaints to the judiciary about the entire case in which an impostor obtained bail from the court. We will now send further complaints to the higher judiciary in Allahabad and also to the chief minister’s office. The police have acted under pressure and failed to unearth the real conspirators,” Sengar said.
Before his bail on May 5, the doctor had filed a surrender application on April 13 but did not appear before the court on subsequent hearings. The court sought a police report, which was sent by case investigating officer (IO) only on April 29. The IO sent a report against the doctor under sections 203 (giving false information for offence committed), 279 (rash driving), 304a (causing death by negligence) and 427 (causing damages) of the IPC.
During the incident on the intervening night of January 27 and 28, four persons in an auto lost their lives when the speeding Audi hit an autorickshaw near Hindon canal in Indirapuram. The doctor fled the spot, leaving the injured behind and appeared only a week later before the police and claimed that he was in the car but his driver ‘Ishaq Ahmad’ was driving the vehicle.
‘Ishaq Ahmad’ surrendered before the CJM court on January 31 and obtained bail. He later turned out to be an impostor and he was identified as Syed Imtiyaz Qadri of Bareilly.
He was arrested by Maharashtra police in April in connection with some chain snatching and robbery incidents.
He told the officers at Nala Sopara police station that he was offered ₹7,000 by three persons to appear as driver “in order to claim insurance”.
“My husband was falsely implicated. He never knew that four persons were killed. Just for that mistake, we have been left with no home and no food. Still, my husband said that he will tell the truth. In Bareilly, I was forced to sign some papers in which a lawyer wanted me to write that my husband was indeed driving the Audi. But I lodged a complaint with the police in connection with the papers I was forced to sign,” said Ayesha, Qadri’s wife.
Qadri had allegedly misused the driving licence of his former co-tenant Ishaq Ahmad to obtain bail, it was later found.