Police allegedly tried to delay the filing of a first information report (FIR) after the official vehicle of Haryana women and child development minister Kavita Jain rammed into a motorbike on the national highway-1 on Friday evening, leaving two brothers badly injured.
The FIR was registered on Monday evening only after the victims’ family took a tough stand.They alleged that they were pressurised to settle the matter with the minister and not to initiate legal proceeedings.
Victims Sonu, 20, and Amit, 18, are residents of Barthal village in Karnal.
“Both are students and were returning home when their motorcycle was allegedly hit from behind by HR-36-A-0001, the official vehicle of the first time minister from Sonepat. Driver sped away from the spot after the accident while a passerby called for an ambulance,” alleged Suresh Kumar, maternal uncle of the victims.
Kumar alleged that the minister was also present in the car. He said that the family was frequently getting telephones from unidentified persons trying to settle the matter.
Superintendent of police Abhishek Garg said that following a police complaint, the vehicle was impounded and the accused driver apprehended.
“The driver Raj Kumar is yet to be arrested. He will also be questioned who else was sitting in the car at the time of accident,” said the SP while adding that the matter was being probed.
The minister confirmed to Hindustan Times on Monday that her official vehicle met with an accident near Nilokheri in Karnal district but she denied being seated in the car at the time.
“I was travelling from Chandigarh to Sonepat in another car. My driver Raj Kumar and a security guard were in the official vehicle which met with an accident. It was not part of the convoy but as I learnt about the mishap, I immediately asked driver and guard to take the injured to Kalpana Chawla Government Medical College and Hospital and ensure they are treated,” Jain claims.
However, the minister rubbished the charges of trying to influence the victims. Jain said that the driver and car were in the police custody and law would take its own course.
“My husband (Rajiv Jain) is coordinating for all medical requirements of the accident victims. I am informed that one of them sustained multiple fractures and I feel worried about them.
On humanitarian grounds, I am ready to bear all medical expenses. It is unfortunate that false allegations are being leveled against me just because I am a minister,” said Jain.
However, Kumar denied that the accused driver or any personnel staff of the minister had come to enquire the health of his nephews.