The Supreme Court on Monday granted bail to Vismay Shah, who was recently awarded a five-year jail term by an Ahmedabad court for running over two persons with his BMW car.
A bench led by Chief Justice H L Dattu took note of the fact that Vismay was young and had already spent more than 13 months in jail.
While granting him regular bail, the bench asked the High Court to expeditiously hear Shah’s appeal against his conviction.
Shah, 26, had challenged the trial court’s recent judgment convicting him under Section 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of the Indian Penal Code.
The Ahmedabad court had also ordered Vismay to pay Rs five lakh in compensation to each of the two affected families, and slapped a fine of Rs 25,000 on him.
The son of a city-based eye surgeon, Shah was at the wheel in the 2013 mishap in which his car hit two youths on a motorcycle and then crashed into a tree.
While 25-year-old engineering student Shivam Dave died on the spot, 21-year-old Rahul Patel died a day later.
Vismay had claimed that he was at home at the time of the accident.
However, an eyewitness said he abandoned the car and fled after the mishap.