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BMW case: Are cops shielding the accused?

Could it be that Gurgaon Police tried to shield the real accused in the BMW hit-and-run case for the last 10 days?

The accused, Suraj Singh Sherawat (21), son of the owner of the BMW car, had surrendered himself in a court on Tuesday amidst high drama, with the bouncers trying to keep the media persons away. Suraj had also managed to get himself a bail on the same day. The accident had occurred in IFCCO Chowk on 5 May.

Sources revealed to Millennium Post that the Gurgaon police had not really been investigating the case. At IFCCO Chowk, a lot of government offices and private shops have CCTV cameras outside their premises. The IFFCO Chowk Metro station has revolving CCTV cameras as well. The police could have easily referred the footage obtained from these cameras to identify the driver of BMW.  There were many witnesses – a lot of taxi drivers and drivers of private vehicles – who were present during the incident. But the Police had not probed any of these witnesses.

On Monday, when Rajesh Kumar, initially accused of driving the car, had volunteered that he had driven the car himself, the police did not buy it. Obviously, they suspected something. But, they did not take any action against Rajesh. The question is, if they know that Rajesh was misguiding them and giving them false information, why did the police refuse to take any action against him? They certainly had the authority.

Few days ago, when the owner of the BMW was identified, no effort was made immediately to identify the driver of the car during the accident as well and thus giving the accused time to plan his next move. It was only when Daksh, a co-passenger of the BMW, went on record saying that Suraj was the driver, that the court issued an arrest warrant against Suraj. And the police followed it up with 'look after' notice.

On Tuesday, when Suraj finally surrendered before the court, he immediately moved the court for a bail. The accused's lawyer had said that his client was booked under section 304 (A) – causing death by negligence, which is a bailable offence. The court had accepted his bail application on a surety amount of Rs 50,000.

On Monday, Rajesh, a relative of Suraj, had claimed that on 5 May, he was driving the BMW that had crashed into the Tata Indigo near IFFCO Chowk in Gurgaon. Chief Judicial Magistrate had rejected the bail application of Rajesh. During the hearing, the Gurgaon police alleged that Rajesh was not driving the car.

When Millennium Post tried to contact Maheshwar Dayal, DCP (East), Gurgaon, he remained unavailable for comments.


THE STORY

On 5 May, a BMW bearing a number plate HR 26 AV 0007 crashed into a Tata Indigo killing two people, Sanjay Sethi and Kshama Chopra Shetye, and injuring three at IFFCO Chowk in Gurgaon. Kshama was pregnant and was returning from a routine check up.

Between 05 May and 14 May, the Police established the identity of the car owner Devender Singh Sherawat. Devender had started off as a cab-owner, but had branched into property dealing. He possess a fleet of cabs and buses that are involved in transporting staffers of various MNCs. It was also established that there were three persons in the car, Rajesh Kumar, Suraj Singh Sherawat and Daksh, when the incident occurred.

On 14 May Rajesh Kumar surrenders, the refused to give him bail and the police claimed that he was not the driver. Instead, the police issued a warrant against Suraj Singh Sherawat on the basis on Daksh's statement.

On 15 May Suraj Singh Sherawat, the son of the owner of BMW, and a resident of Sector-14 in Gurgaon, surrendered himself and moved the court for bail. His bail application was accepted.
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