Court acquits Sukhmani

Hit & run mishap Main accused freed after lone eyewitness in case turned hostile in Court

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published:June 8, 2012 2:20 am

Hit & run mishap Main accused freed after lone eyewitness in case turned hostile in Court

Almost 22 months after two Kansal residents Sukhwinder (21) and his cousin Harpreet (7) were killed in a hit-and-run case,a local Court on Wednesday acquitted the main accused Sukhmani Brar (21) alias Amanat. The acquittal by the Court of Civil Judge Mahesh Grover came after the lone eyewitness in the case turned hostile in Court. Sarabjit Singh,son of a UT Police constable,who was the lone eyewitness and also the complainant in the case,turned hostile in Court. Sarabjit had initially told the police that Sukhmani’s car was travelling at high speed when it collided head-on with the motorcycle on which Sukhwinder and his cousin Harpreet were riding. He had claimed that he was behind the vehicle when the accident took place.

Based on his statement,the cops registered a case of causing death to negligence against Sukhmani at the Sector 3 police station. However,in his statement to the Court,Sarabjeet retracted from his earlier statement given to the police. He deposed that he had not seen the accident taking place in front of his eyes and that it had already taken place before he had reached the spot. As per sources,the case fell flat as the complainant,who is also the lone eyewitness,retracted from his statement to the cops.

The case dates back to August 17,2010,when Sukhmani’s car hit a motorcycle head-on near Chandigarh Club,causing fatal injuries to the two occupants of the bike. She then reportedly called two male friends Armandeep and Rahul,who reached the spot in their Swift. After abandoning her car at the accident spot,Sukhmani fled in the Swift.

At the time of the accident,it was alleged that Sukhmani was in an inebriated condition. The police had failed to arrest her on the day of the accident and Sukhmani managed to flee to Delhi.

She was finally arrested after 18 hours and was released on bail. The bail was obtained by her uncle,Colonel B S Brar. But the medical examination conducted at the time did not find any traces of alcohol.

Sukhmani had shifted to the USA in 2009 after completing class XII from Vivek High School. She had come to India about a week before to attend a cousin’s wedding. Her father was based in Dubai.

Won’t pursue case: Father

A day after Sukhmani Brar was acquitted,Harpreet’s family members do not want to pursue the case any further. They,however,said that they would accept any compensation offered.

“Harpreet’s memories have created a void in our heart which will never be filled. However,we accept the Court’s decision and do not want to pursue the case any further,” said Harpreet’s father Dalbir in a dejected tone. He added that neither the complainant nor their family was pressurised.

Almost two years after the accident which snatched away his grandson,Harpreet’s grandfather has still not recovered from the shock. All he remembers is that he had lost his grandson,whom he will never get to see again.

Meanwhile,as he pointed towards a smiling photograph of his son which hangs on the wall of the house,tears rolled down the face of Dalbir,who had just arrived from office for lunch.

“Whatever decision the Court has taken is fair and we agree to it. If any compensation is announced,we will accept it,” he said.

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