Posted On Saturday, August 04, 2012 at 09:04:56 AM
Sanjeev Nanda, the main accused in the 1999 BMW hit-and-run case heaved a sigh of relief on Friday after the Supreme Court upheld the Delhi High Court order reducing his prison sentence from five years to two years. Nanda (34), grandson of former Naval Chief S M Nanda had mowed down six people on January 10, 1999 with his car in the national capital. The victims included three police constables .
An apex court bench of Justice Deepak Verma and Justice K S Radhakrishnan said that Nanda will undergo two years of community service, failing which he will have to undergo a simple imprisonment of one year.
The apex court also ordered Nanda to pay a compensation of Rs 50 lakh to the Centre within six months so that the money could be used for the welfare of road accident victims.
Justice Radhakrishnan also made it clear that payment of compensation to victims' families by Nanda and his age of 21 years at the time of incident are not mitigating factors while deciding the case against him.
Nanda to do community service
The apex court asked the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment to decide within two months on the community service that Nanda will have to perform. Flaying Nanda for running away after mowing down six people with his car, the bench said his conduct was highly reprehensible.
“He was interested in his own safety than saving the lives of the victims,” the apex court bench said. Nanda was convicted and sentenced to five years imprisonment by trial court under section 304 Part II of Indian Penal Code (culpable homicide amounting to murder) instead of Part A of section 304 of rash and negligent driving.
The accident occurred at around 4.50 am on January 10, 1999 in New Delhi. Sanjeev Nanda was allegedly returning from a late night party in Gurgaon with friends Manik Kapoor and Siddharth Gupta.
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Nanda was allegedly driving the car in top speed in an inebriated state.
A group of policemen tried to stop his car at a police checkpoint on Lodhi Road but instead of halting, Nanda allegedly crashed his BMW into the checkpoint, killing six people.