Non-bailable charge filed against Utsav Bhasin
Utsav Bhasin, the 19-year-old accused of running over two motorcyclists last Thursday, will now face stiffer charges of ‘culpable homicide not amounting to murder’ reports Harish V Nair.Updated: Sep 16, 2008 23:17 IST
Utsav Bhasin, the 19-year-old accused of running over two motorcyclists last Thursday, will now face stiffer charges of ‘culpable homicide not amounting to murder’. One of the youths injured in the accident – Anuj Aditya – had died in hospital on Saturday.
On Tuesday, Delhi Police revealed this before Delhi High Court, which was hearing a petition filed by Anuj’s father Rajender Singh, seeking cancellation of Bhasin’s bail.
The change has tightened the noose around Bhasin as section 304, under which he has now been booked, is non-bailable. Delhi Police say they will arrest him on Wednesday on the basis of Anuj’s friend Mrigank Srivastav’s statement.
Mrigank, who was riding the bike, told the police that Bhasin first hit them with his car and then dragged them along.
Bhasin’s uncle Suresh, however, said Bhasin had moved an anticipatory bail application, which would come up for hearing on Wednesday.
Bhasin was initially booked under section 304-A (causing death by negligence -- a bailable offence). He was granted bail on September 12, within hours of his arrest at Kashmere Gate ISBT, where he was waiting to board a bus to Chandigarh.
“We have amended the FIR after the death of one of the victims and have added Section 304 against the accused. Now it is for the trial court to decide under which section he is to be prosecuted,” the counsel appearing for the police submitted before Justice Veena Birbal.
The judge responded: “You (police) can always arrest him (Bhasin). It’s a non-bailable offence. The respondent (Bhasin) can approach the court for bail.”
After hearing the contentions of both sides, the court sought a status report from police by September 30.
The police had earlier seized Bhasin’s passport on the direction of the court during a special sitting on Saturday evening. Anuj’s father had moved an emergency petition before the court as Bhasin planned to fly to Singapore on Saturday night, where he had obtained admission to a Bachelor of Business Administration course.