New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday pulled up
the city police for its delay in filing an appeal against the
Delhi High Court order reducing the jail term of Sanjeev Nanda
from five to two years in jail in the BMW hit-and-run case.
A bench headed by Justice Deepak Verma sought an
explanation from the police in delay in approaching the apex
court and posted the matter for hearing for tomorrow.
In a reprieve for Nanda, the Delhi High Court had in July
2009 reduced his punishment from five to two years in
jail after holding he could not have the knowledge that the
tragedy could strike by his rash and negligent driving.
Nanda was behind the wheels when he mowed down six
persons, including three policemen, with his BMW car on
January 10, 1999.
The court had modified the trial court order by holding
him guilty under Section 304-A (causing death due to rash and
negligent act) and acquitting him of Section 304 (culpable
homicide not amounting to murder).
It had also reduced by half the quantum of sentence
against three others -- businessmen Rajeev Gupta and his two
employees Bhola Nath and Shyam Singh who were punished for
destruction of evidence in the case. Gupta was sentenced to
six months prison term, against one year awarded by a trial
court. His two employees were awarded three months jail term
from their six months sentence.