Kolkata hit-and-run: Accused trio’s judicial remand extended

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Kolkata, Feb 12 (IANS) Rejecting their bail pleas, a city court on Friday extended the judicial remanded of three people including prime accused Sambia Sohrab in the sensational hit-and-run case in Kolkata in which a young IAF officer was killed on January 13.

On the expiry of their judicial remand, the accused trio of Sambia Sohrab, Shahnawaz Khan alias Shanu and Johnny was presented before Chief Metropolitan Magistrate S.R. Paul who sent them to judicial custody till February 26.

Pressing for their bail, the counsel of the accused pleaded that police have not progressed with the investigation and as such their further custodial detention was not essential.

The prosecution opposed the bail contending that the interrogation of the accused was essential for the investigation. After hearing both the parties, the court sent the accused to 14 days judicial custody.

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Charged with murder among other sections, Sambia, son of former Rashtriya Janata Dal legislator Mohammad Sohrab, is alleged to have broken through police barricades with his car before fatally knocking down IAF corporal Abhimanyu Gaud in the morning of January 13 on the Indira Gandhi Sarani, while the officer was supervising the Republic Day parade rehearsal.

While Sambia was arrested January 16 from the city, his friend Shanu was arrested from Delhi January 18 and Johnny was nabbed January 19.

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