Court junks man's plea, says it was meant to delay trial

11 Jan 2017

A Delhi court has refused to quash criminal proceedings against a man accused of killing a woman pedestrian by rash driving, saying the plea was filed by him to drag the trial. The court made the remark while dismissing accused Ankur Bhatnagar's revision petition against a magisterial court's order putting him on trial for offences under sections 279 (rash driving) and 304A (causing death by negligence) of IPC. "It appears that present revision petition has been filed only to waste the precious time of the court and to drag on trial of the case. Hence, the revision petition at hand is dismissed, being devoid of any merits," Additional Sessions Judge Lokesh Kumar Sharma said. The judge also imposed a cost of Rs 10,000 to be deposited with Prime Minister's National Relief Fund, saying if he failed to do so, the same shall be recovered by the Trial Court from him as arrears of land revenue. A magisterial court had on September 15, 2016 summoned Bhatnagar as accused for causing accident by rashly driving his vehicle which led to the death of a woman when she was crossing a South Delhi road. In his appeal against the order, the accused contended that the lady met with the accident while crossing the road negligently and claimed there was no evidence against him. (PTI)