A metropolitan magistrate court in Jaipur on Monday extended the police custody of Siddharth Maharia, 24, by three days, two days after he allegedly rammed his father’s BMW into an auto-rickshaw, killing three of the four persons, who were inside the three-wheeler.
At 1:19 am on Saturday, Siddharth, son of Independent MLA from Sikar Nandkishore Maharia, allegedly driving the BMW at a very high speed rammed it into a three-wheeler before hitting a stationary police van, injuring four policemen. On Sunday, a court had granted police one-day custody of Siddharth.
On Monday, Assistant Public Prosecutor (APP) Anju Charan said that since the court on Sunday had granted police the custody of Siddharth just for a day, hence more time was needed as the entire time was spent on treating his injuries following the court’s directive to police to ensure proper treatment.
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Seeking six-day police custody, Charan further said the investigators need to corroborate the claims made by both Siddharth and Ramesh Kumar. While police say he was driving the car, Siddharth and his father claim it was their driver Ramesh Kumar who was behind the wheels.
When investigating officer Kamal Nayan said the police wanted to further investigate how and when the accident took place, Siddharth’s lawyer Deepak Chauhan questioned the basis of the FIR, since it details how and when the incident happened.
Earlier in the day, Siddharth purportedly complained of “uneasiness” at Jaipur’s SMS Hospital and a wheelchair was arranged for him to move. In the court too, a chair was arranged for him. After hearing both the sides, Metropolitan Magistrate Renu Shakeet granted police three-day custody of Siddharth.
Vishnu Das, who sold readymade garments off a cart, was in the autorickshaw that was hit by the BMW car along with three other persons.
While Vishnu, autorickshaw driver Kailash and Jethanand died, Anil Soni survived. Assistant Sub Inspector Rajju Singh sustained injuries on his skull, while two constables, Jai Singh and Ramesh, and police van driver Sitaram sustained minor injuries.