Delhi hit-and-run case: Court dismisses youth’s bail plea as withdrawn

Additional Sessions Judge Vikas Dhull passed the order on Friday after the counsel for 21-year-old accused Rishabh Rawat sought to withdraw the plea.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:September 10, 2016 6:53 pm
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A Delhi court has dismissed as withdrawn the bail application of a BBA student, who allegedly mowed down two men with his Honda City car in an inebriated condition and left a youth severely injured.

Additional Sessions Judge Vikas Dhull passed the order on Friday after the counsel for 21-year-old accused Rishabh Rawat sought to withdraw the plea.

The incident took place on the morning of June 13 in 2016 when two persons, including an elderly man, were killed and another was critically injured after they were knocked down by a speeding car allegedly driven by the student in a highly inebriated state in west Delhi’s Janakpuri area.

The defence counsel sought bail contending that sections 308 (attempt to commit culpable homicide) or 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of the IPC were not made out and his client was in custody for nearly three months. He also claimed the accused did not intend to kill the two persons.

The bail plea, however, was opposed by victims’ counsel who said the allegations against the accused were grave. Advocate Amit Sahni, representing one of the victims Ashwani Anand (67) who died in the accident, said the accused was drunk and the victims got flung 30-40 meters away under the impact of the crash and two men died on the spot.

He said the victims were on a morning walk when the accident took place.

“The matter is grave in nature and no concession should be given to the accused. Court should not give indulgence to these kind of crimes where two persons have lost their lives and the third victim is paralysed and bed-ridden,” Sahni said.

According to the police, the incident took place around 6.30 AM when Rishabh, a resident of Janakpuri and son of a businessman, was returning from a party at a friend’s house in west Delhi’s Hari Nagar area and was driving his father’s Honda City car at a speed over 100 Kmph.

He allegedly hit three persons, including two who were out for morning walk, one after another, in a stretch less than 1.5 Km in Janakpuri, police said.
While Ashwani Anand and Kameshwar Prasad (40) died on the spot, Santosh (40) was serious injured. The youth was arrested immediately after the accident.

Police said Prasad, an employee at a union ministry, was the first man to be hit. He was out for morning walk. The impact of the crash threw him several metres away. It alleged that Rishabh did not stop and hit Santosh, who was cleaning cars in a residential area. He sped away, driving on the wrong lane, and ended up hitting Anand, a property  dealer who was taking a stroll with a neighbour.

Police said Rishabh was in such a state that he could not even manage to stand straight when he was apprehended. The car was impounded and liquor bottles were found inside the vehicle.