Kolkata HC asks to start trial on Sonika Chauhan death case
Kolkata: Justice D P Dey of the Calcutta High Court on Wednesday directed a court in Alipore to commence trial in the death of model Sonika Chauhan, who was killed in an accident while being driven in a car allegedly by actor Bikram Chatterjee.
The Chief Judicial Magistrate at Alipore was directed to commit the case to the Sessions court at Alipore within a month following which trial in the case would commence. Sonika's father Vijay Singh Chauhan moved a petition before the High Court seeking expeditious trial in the case. Chauhan submitted in the petition that though the FIR was lodged in April 2017 and charge sheet was filed in July, neither the case has been committed, nor the trial has commenced.
Appearing for Chauhan, counsel Sandipan Ganguly submitted that Bikram, who has been accused of culpable homicide not amounting to murder and rash driving, has been adopting dilatory tactics to delay proceedings in the case in lower court.
Public prosecutor Saswata Mukherjee submitted a report before the court on action taken by the prosecution and submitted that the state has completed all formalities with regard to the case. Sonika died in a city hospital hours after being grievously injured in the wee hours of 29 April, 2017 when the car she was riding hit at high speed into a pillar on the pavement of Rash Behari Avenue.
The car was allegedly being driven by Bengali actor Vikram Chatterjee.