The Delhi High Court has recently granted bail to Rohit Sharma, who is accused of speeding away with a police officer on the bonnet of his car.
A single-judge bench of Justice Subramonium Prasad stated: “Applying the law laid down by the Supreme Court to the present case, no doubt the petitioner is charged with an offence under Section 307 IPC and if convicted, the petitioner may be sentenced for life, but that alone cannot be a factum to keep the petitioner in incarceration. The petitioner is an engineering graduate having roots in the society. Most of the witnesses are police witnesses and the petitioner would not be able to influence them. The evidence has already been collected and the chargesheet shall be filed shortly.”
It was stated that on June 22, 2021 the accused was travelling in a white car with tinted windows. ASI Vishram and Constable Anup signalled the driver to stop the vehicle, but instead of slowing down, the accused speeded and hit ASI Vishram who, fell on the side of the road. Constable Anup saved himself by taking evasive action.
The complainant tried to stop the car from front, jumping on the bonnet of the car, but the petitioner did not stop the car,the complainant somehow got hold of the wipers of the car and kept on trying to stop the vehicle but petitioner did not stop the car. The accused braked at Jail Road, near DTC Bus Station, as another car was coming from the opposite side, resulting in the complainant falling on the road.
Subsequently, the accused sped away towards Lajwanti Flyover and fled. He finally surrendered on July 12, 2021.
While granting bail to the accused, the Court held: “The petitioner is an engineering graduate having roots in the society. Most of the witnesses are police witnesses and the petitioner would not be able to influence them. The evidence has already been collected and the chargesheet shall be filed shortly. In view of the above, this Court is of the opinion that no useful purpose would be served in keeping the petitioner in custody.”
The bail was granted to the accused, subject to him furnishing a bond of Rs 75,000 with two sureties of like amount, amongst other condition.
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