Killer driver fails to get SC relief, to stay in jail
The long legal battle of Sumir Anand, the father of Curran Anand who died in a car crash in June 2008 on the Gurgaon Expressway, has come to an end.
The Supreme Court on January 30 dismissed a special leave petition (SLP) filed by Tapan Partap Malik, the driver and main accused in the case, seeking relaxation in his two-year jail term.
According to Sumir’s lawyer Kapil Arora, the apex court observed that the plea didn’t merit consideration as the reckless behaviour of the accused had led to the death of three teenagers.
A division bench of justices BS Chauhan and TS Thakur heard the case.
Malik had earlier challenged the Punjab and Haryana High Court’s order upholding his two-year jail term awarded to him by a sessions court. This was also dismissed by the apex court in February last year. Malik has already served 15 months in jail.
“I lost my only son and wanted to ensure that the culprit isn’t let off easily. Pursuing the case in various courts in the last four years has been very tiring. But I knew I had to live with it and take the case to its logical conclusion,” Sumir said, adding that parents should not let things go in such cases.
The tragic accident took place on the night of June 14, 2008 when Malik, Curran, 15, Divyanshu, 15, and Sidharth Mehran, 16, were returning from a party in Delhi.
Malik was driving a Tata Indigo car at a very high speed and rammed into the median of the expressway around 2.30am at the Shankar Chowk flyover. While the three died on the spot, Malik had a miraculous escape.
The deceased’s parents claimed that Malik was drunk while driving the car.
Divyanshu and Sidharth were students of GD Goenka World School, while Curran was from Pathways World School in Gurgaon.