Nanda was not driving killer BMW - witness

Updated on May 29, 2007 11:12 PM IST
A key witness told a trial court that it was not Sanjeev Nanda who was driving the car, which mowed down six persons in 1999.
HT Image
HT Image
PTI | By, New Delhi

In a setback to the prosecution in the BMW hit-and-run case, a key witness on Tuesday told a trial court in the Capital that it was not Sanjeev Nanda, the main accused, who was driving the car which mowed down six persons in 1999.

"It was a healthy and hefty man that emerged out of the driving seat of the car just after the accident and he is not present in the court right now," Sunil Kulkarni, a Mumbai-based trader, told Additional Sessions Judge Vinod Kumar during his cross-examination by the prosecution.

As against the prosecution theory that claimed that Nanda, grandson of former Naval Chief S M Nanda, was on the steering when the accident took place, he said the alleged driver's physical features did not match with either of the accused present in the courtroom.

Kulkarni, however, admitted Nanda was one of the occupants who alighted from the car just after the incident.

He reiterated that it was sheer Delhi 'police pressure' that had forced him to name Sanjeev Nanda in his earlier statement whereas he had actually heard his nickname "Sanj" or "Sanz" being used by co-accused after the accident.

Kulkarni also virtually disowned his statement made to the police on March 31, 1999, in which he had identified Nanda at the Patiala House courts as the man who 'killed' six people by his rash driving.

"I do not remember having made any such statement to the police and had it been the case, I would not have waited for such a long time," he told the court.

Earlier during the day, the Delhi High Court had dismissed Nanda's petition challenging summoning of Kulkarni as a court witness and allowed his cross-examination.

Close Story

Less time to read?

Try Quickreads

  • Congress leader Priyank Kharge (PTI)

    'Women have to sleep with someone to get job…': Congress leader on BJP in K'taka

    Karnataka Congress leader Priyank Kharge on Friday started a political tussle by making grave allegations against the BJP-ruled government in the state when he said that men “have to bribe” to get a government job in Karnataka while “young women have to sleep with someone” for the same. Kharge, who is a spokesperson for the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee, has demanded judicial investigation or a probe by a special investigation team into recruitment scams.

  • People gather along the banks of Yamuna river where a boat capsized in Uttar Pradesh’s Banda district on August 11. (PTI Photo)

    Banda boat tragedy: Eight more bodies recovered; search operation still on

    Two days after a boat capsized in the Yamuna rive in Uttar Pradesh's Banda district, eight more bodies surfaced at different places, taking the death toll to 11. Nine more people are still missing even as search operations are underway in full swing. The National Disaster Response Force and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), assisted by the expert divers from Prayagraj and locals, found more bodies floating on the Fatehpur side in Asothar and Kishanpur.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered condolences to renowned singer Shivamogga Subbanna who died on Thursday.

    PM Modi pays rich tribute to Shivamogga Subbanna: 'A household name'

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered condolences to renowned singer Shivamogga Subbanna who died on Thursday. The 83-year-old national award-winning singer died of a heart attack at Bengaluru. Shivamogga Subbanna was the first playback singer from Karnataka to win a national award for playback singing. Shivamogga Subbanna's admirers bid him final adieu at Ravindra Kalakeshtra of Bengaluru on Friday. Shivamogga Subbanna is survived by his wife, son and a daughter.

  • The Jagannath temple in Puri, Odisha. (Raj K Raj/ HT File Photo)

    After 4 years, ASI reiterates demand to open inner treasury of Jagannath temple

    More than four years after an unsuccessful attempt to inspect the 'Ratna Bhandar', or chambers containing valuables, of the Lord Jagannath temple in Puri, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has renewed its demand for the opening of the chambers for inspection. The two chambers of the Ratna Bhandar of the Jagannath temple – 'Bhitar Bhandar' (inner treasury) and 'Bahar Bhandar' (outer treasury) – reportedly has more than 800 valuables and jewellery.

  • 6 police officers awarded with medals for their swift investigation

    These 6 Karnataka cops have been awarded by centre for excellence in service

    Six police officers from Karnataka have bagged medals this year as the union home ministry on Friday announced awards nationwide for over 150 police personnel for setting an inspiring example and answering the call to duty. Karnataka Lokayukta SP K Lakshmi Ganesh - who played a major role in unearthing illegal migrant documents nexus in the state -is among those who have won accolades.

Story Saved
Saved Articles
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Saturday, August 13, 2022
Start 15 Days Free Trial Subscribe Now