3 Sep :A Delhi court on Wednesday reserved its order on quantum of sentence for Sanjeev Nanda and three others convicts in the high-profile nine-year-old BMW hit-and-run case for 5th September.
Additional Sessions Judge Vinod Kumar reserved the order after hearing over two-hour-long arguments on the quantum of sentence in which the prosecution sought the maximum punishment of 10 years jail term for Nanda while the defence pleaded for his release on probation.
The court on Tuesday held Nanda guilty under IPC Section 304 (Part II) (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) for mowing down six persons with his BMW car in the wee hours of 10th January 1999.
It also convicted businessman Rajeev Gupta and his two employees — Bhola Nath and Shyam Singh — for destruction of evidence by removing the blood stains and pieces of victims’ flesh from the car after the incident.
During the arguments on the quantum of sentence, Public Prosecutor Rajiv Mohan sought deterrent punishment for Nanda in order to send the right message to society.He also referred to the adverse findings of court’s judgement against Nanda to buttress his arguments.
Counsel for Nanda, Ramesh Gupta, however, blamed the media for Nanda’s conviction and sought his release under the Probation of Offender Act.Another counsel Prem Kumar referred to contribution of Nanda’s illustrious family while seeking a lenient approach towards him.DDINEWS