New Delhi: In a significant development in the Kolkata hit-and-run case involving a Trinamool Congress leader's son that led to the death of an Indian Air Force corporal, the Delhi Police later on Sunday arrested Sambia Sohrab's friend 'Sanu' alias Shahnawaz Khan.
Sanu is alleged to be the co-passenger at the time of the accident. He was produced at the Tis Hazari court, which issued a transit remand for him to be taken to Kolkata.
The arrest in Delhi came a day after Sohrab's bail plea was rejected by a Kolkata court, which remanded him in police custody for 14 days. Sohrab has been charged with murder in the hit-and-run case which claimed the life of 21-year-old Corporal Abhimanyu Gaud.
The IAF officer was mowed down by a speeding brand new Audi with Sambia allegedly at the wheels after it broke through gaurd rails on Red Road in the morning of January 13.
Sambia has been booked under IPC sections 120(B) (criminal conspiracy), 302 (murder), 201 (causing disappearance of evidence), 212 (harbouring offender) and 427 (mischief causing damage).
Sambia's counsel, pleading for his bail, told the court that the FIR has said the speeding vehicle that mowed down the air force officer was driven by an 'unknown' person and that he had cooperated with Kolkata Police sleuths.
The public prosecutor said the offence of the driver was not only hitting and killing a person but also breaking into a "prohibited place" where around 5000 defence personnel were rehearsing for Republic Day parade.