Audi-Tavera accident: SUV owner wants to be impleaded as party

He has alleged that the accused is close to politicians and high-ups and is influencing the police investigation.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: December 11, 2013 4:47 am

The owner of the SUV Audi Q7 — which was involved in an accident in July,killing three people on the spot — on Tuesday moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking permission to be impleaded as party to an ongoing petition filed by Yash Pal Juneja,who lost his 21-year-old son in the fatal accident.

The application will come up for hearing on Thursday,when the case comes up for resumed hearing. In the application through senior advocate R S Cheema,the owner has requested the court to hear him before passing any orders on the petition filed in the matter.

Dismayed at “a very shoddy investigation” done by the Chandigarh Police in an accident case wherein even the “basics” had to be done by the kin of the deceased,the High Court had slammed the “We care for you” brigade on the previous hearings.

The court had asked the police to explain why a serious offence of “culpable homicide not amounting to murder” (Section 304 of the Indian Penal Code) was not attracted in the case which attracts a maximum imprisonment of 10 years,and as to why only a lighter offence of “rash and negligent driving” (Section 304-A of the IPC) that attracts a maximum imprisonment of only two years,was invoked against the accused.

Two college students from Ghaziabad and the taxi driver had died on the spot when their Chevrolet Tavera was hit by a luxury SUV Audi Q7 that crossed over the divider and rammed into the taxi. The accident took place on July 24 around 1 am at the Sector 17-18 light point. Initially,the police had registered a case against the taxi driver who died in the accident. After much hue and cry,a case was registered against the SUV driver.

Accusing the Chandigarh Police of carrying out a highly “tainted” investigation,the father has sought transfer of the probe to some independent investigating agency.

He has alleged that the accused is close to politicians and high-ups and is influencing the police investigation.

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