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BMW case: Eyewitness to be re-examined
March 19, 2007 23:37 IST
A Delhi court on Monday summoned an eyewitness in the BMW hit-and-run case, who had turned hostile while giving testimony, for re-examination.
Sunil Laxman Kulkarni, who was dropped as a witness by the prosecution after a volte-face at the outset of his testimony, has been recalled to record his statement afresh on May 14.
Kulkarni, who was named as an eyewitness to the accident in which six people had died, had retracted from his statement by saying that it was not the BMW car but a speeding truck that had mowed down the victims on January 10, 1999.
Three youths including Sanjeev Nanda, grandson of former Admiral S M Nanda, are facing trial in the case. Others who have been chargesheeted are his friend Manik Kapur and Siddharth Gupta, who were allegedly accompanying him in his car.
Meanwhile, Additional Sessions Judge Vinod Kumar allowed the application moved by the prosecution that sought fresh blood samples of Nanda, saying the police had such powers under the law.
Prosecution has sought fresh blood samples of Nanda to match it with the stains found on clothes allegedly worn by him at the time of accident and on the car's steering. The blood samples earlier taken were sent to a forensic laboratory for analysis, but it could not be done as they had putrefied and the accused had 'refused' to give his blood samples, the application said.
Six persons, including three policemen, were killed in the incident that had occurred at Lodhi Road in the capital. Prosecution has alleged that Nanda, who was at the wheel, was drunk along with his friends. After the accident, the car involved in it was allegedly hidden at a friend's house in Golf Links area in New Delhi.