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Smriti Irani car chase case: 4 Delhi University students charged with stalking

The four youngsters, who have been released on bail, face three years in jail if found guilty.

india Updated: Apr 02, 2017 11:13 IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Union textiles minister Smriti Irani at Bhiwandi, near Mumbai, on Saturday. (PTI)

Four Delhi students who were arrested for allegedly chasing textiles minister Smriti Irani’s car were booked for stalking and using offensive gestures and language, police said on Sunday.

The students, all in the age group of 18-19, were released on bail a few hours after their arrest on Saturday evening but a probe was on into the incident that caused a security scare.

“The students were taken to a hospital for a medical examination. They were found to be drunk,” Delhi Police chief spokesperson Dependra Pathak said.

The four could be jailed for a maximum of three years if found guilty of stalking. The second charge of attempting to insult the modesty of woman, through words or gestures, is a lighter offence that can invite a fine or a one-year jail term or both.

The students were returning in a hired Santro car from a friend’s birthday party in south Delhi when they came across Irani’s official vehicle near the Myanmar embassy around 5pm on Saturday.

The minister was headed to Ashoka Hotel in Chanakyapuri, an area dotted with foreign missions.

The four youngsters overtook her vehicle twice in a rash and negligent manner, police said. They then followed her car, prompting Irani’s personal security officer to call police.

Two emergency response vehicles were immediately alerted and they chased the Santro car for about a kilometre and intercepted it near the French embassy on Shanti Path within minutes.

The students were taken to the Chanakyapuri police station, where the minister arrived to record her statement. The four are students of the Delhi University’s Ram Lal Anand College.

A television actor-turned-politician, Irani was named the human resource development minister when Prime Minister Narendra Modi took office in 2014. She was later shifted to the textiles ministry.

First Published: Apr 02, 2017 11:08 IST