21 July : The Delhi High Court on Monday upheld the conviction of Sanjeev Nanda in the infamous BMW hit-and-run case but reduced his sentence from five to two years jail term.
Justice Kailash Gambhir convicted him under milder penal provision for mowing down six persons, including three policemen, with his vehicle in 1999.
The court 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 from one year awarded by a trial court.His two employees were awarded three months jail term from their six months sentence.
The court, in its 274-page judgement, ordered criminal prosecution of controversial eyewitness Sunil Kulkarni for misleading the court by giving false testimony.
Justice Gambhir asked Registrar General of the High Court to initiate proceedings against Kulkarni.Nanda’s mother Renu broke down when the judge declared that his jail term has been reduced to two years.
Nanda, 31, the grandson of former naval chief S M Nanda, has been in jail since September five last year after being sentenced to five-year jail term by the trial court, barring a few weeks of interim bail.
The legal proceeding in this high-profile case saw many twists and turns with not only court hearings but also out-of-court developments in the case grabbing the headlines for different reasons.
The case saw key witnesses turning hostile and Nanda’s counsel R K Anand and former Special Public Prosecutor I U Khan being found guilty of obstruction of justice, following a TV sting that showed Kulkarni with them.Nanda had crushed six persons to death while driving the BMW car in an inebriated condition in the wee hours of 10th January, 1999 at Lodhi Colony in South Delhi.