Mountview hit-and-run case: Charges framed against music video producerpunjab Updated: Aug 23, 2018 14:46 IST
Harjasneet Chahal, 27, of Bathinda faces upto 10 years in jail, if convicted.
A local court on Wednesday framed charges against the Bathinda-based Punjabi music video producer who left a 75-year-old businessman dead in a hit-and-run outside Hotel Mountview in Sector 10 in August 2017.
Accused Harjasneet Chahal, 27, who had surrendered in court in March after the Supreme Court rejected his anticipatory bail plea, has been charged under Sections 279 (rash driving), 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) and 304A (causing death by negligence) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
- August 6, 2017: Subodh Kumar Gupta, 75, a resident of Sector 4, killed in hit-and-run outside Hotel Mountview
- August 7: SUV driver Harjasneet Chahal traced to Bathinda and arrested for causing death by negligence, gets bail
- September: After victim’s family demands strict action, non-bailable section added to FIR; accused eludes arrest
- December 12: HC rejects Chahal’s anticipatory bail plea
- January 14, 2018: UT police announces a reward of ₹25,000 on Chahal
- March 19: Supreme Court rejects anticipatory bail plea
- March 22: Chahal surrenders
The next date of hearing is September 12. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years jail.
It was on August 6, 2017, that Subodh Kumar Gupta, 75, a resident of Sector 4, was killed after Chahal’s SUV hit him in Sector 10.Chahal was initially booked under Section 304A of the IPC.
The incident was recorded on a closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera installed near the spot. The UT police traced and arrested the accused two days later from Bathinda. However, he was released on bail as the sections imposed on him were bailable.
Meanwhile, the victim’s family approached police demanding strict action against Chahal.
Section 304-II of the IPC, which is a non-bailable offence, was added to the FIR in September, but the accused kept eluding arrest.
The UT police in January had also announced a reward of ₹25,000 on Chahal after the Punjab and Haryana high court rejected his bail application on December 12, 2017, and non-bailable warrants were issued against him.
Chahal even moved the Supreme Court, but when his plea was dismissed, he finally surrendered on March 22.
Upon surrendering, he had said: “I was availing legal remedies available by law, and after the Supreme Court had denied the bail to me, I have surrendered in three days.”
The victim’s family had been campaigning for justice all this while.
First Published: Aug 23, 2018 14:46 IST