Shivank Gambhir, one of the accused in the death of NRI student Anmol Sarna, on Monday moved a city court, seeking permission to travel abroad for pursuing his studies. The court fixed Tuesday to hear the application and asked the investigating officer to be present in court.
Gambhir, who is presently out on bail, in his application before Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Veena Rani said his passport should be released so that he could go to the UK to pursue his studies. His passport was seized on November 7 last year.
“He (Shivank) be allowed to travel abroad, so as to enable him to continue his education in engineering at Bristol University (UK) during pendency of investigation in the case,” his application stated.
Sarna’s family members, who were present during the hearing on Monday, opposed the plea.
Police, too, objected to the plea. “The passport may not be released to the accused as there is the possibility that he may not attend the court during trial, which may lead to delay in court proceedings at the time of hearing. Further, the investigation in the case is in progress,” it stated.
Gambhir, however, said he “is a student and has deep roots in society, so there is no apprehension of his fleeing from justice”.
Twenty-year-old, US-based NRI Sarna was found dead in an apartment complex in Southeast Delhi’s Kalkaji area on September 13 last year.
Sarna, who held a US passport, had gone for a party to one of his friend’s house along with three other friends around 8 pm. Around 1 am, he was found unconscious outside a building by neighbours, who called police. A PCR van rushed him to AIIMS, where he succumbed to injuries.
Four of his friends face charges in connection with the case.