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Kulkarni’s interview

All questions were put to Sunil Kulkarni by Advocate Ramesh Gupta, counsel for accused Sanjeev Nanda.
Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 20, 2007 02:10 AM IST

Q: Is it correct that for two days before recording of your statement, police kept discussing as to how the statement should be recorded so that the matter is covered for culpable homicide not amounting to murder instead of a simple case of accident?

A: Yes it is correct. After two days of deliberation SHO (Lodhi Road), in consultation with one old man named Pundit ji and other senior policemen, recorded my statement. One public prosecutor was also with them to consider as to whether 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) IPC or 302 (murder) should be added.

Q: Is it correct that police was apprehensive that you would change your testimony in the court?
Ans. Yes it is correct that one ACP Ranbir Singh apprehended that I would state that the offending vehicle was a truck or I would make it an aeroplane and therefore he thrashed me.

Q: Why do you think the police beat you up?
A: Even I could not understand what the police wanted from me. They also made me sign a few papers.

Q: How much time did it take from the point of time when you saw the lights of the offending vehicle till it hit and left the place?
A: 8 to 10 seconds.

Q. Did you identify Sanjeev Nanda as one of the occupant of the car because Nanda was shown to you in court on 16 January 1999 in the lock up at Patiala house courts?
A: Its true that Nanda was shown to me in person in Patiala House court. It is also true that his CDs were shown to me later in the evening.

Q: So you identified him on the police’s instance and its incorrect that you saw him that day?
A: I am very confused. I had seen a person like Sanjeev Nanda coming out of the car but I am not certain as to whether he was the same person or not.

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