Court defers hit-and-run case’s punishment arguments to July 15

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New Delhi, July 4 (IANS) A court here on Tuesday adjourned to July 15 the hearing of arguments on the quantum of sentence against Utsav Bhasin who was convicted in the BMW hit-and-run case in south Delhi in 2008.

Additional District and Sessions Judge Sanjeev Kumar ordered for the adjournment since the Public Prosecutor in the case was absent.

On May 5, the court convicted Bhasin, son of a Haryana businessman, for ramming his BMW car into a motorcycle on the Moolchand flyover on September 11, 2008, and killing pillion rider and freelance journalist Anuj Singh and injuring journalist Mrighank Srivastava.

Bhasin was sentenced under Sections 304-A (causing death by rash and negligent act), 279 (driving rashly to endanger human life) and 338 (causing grievous hurt) of the Indian Penal Code.

The court, however, acquitted Bhasin under Section 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), which provides for jail term for a minimum of 10 years or maximum for life.

The court has asked father and brother of Anuj Singh to be present on July 15 when it will hear arguments on the quantum of sentence and the amount of compensation.

Earlier, the court had asked the police to file a report on the bereaved family’s economic condition as well as of the convict and his family.

–IANS

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