The bail application of Ashutosh Bhardwaj, the accused in a woman hit-and-run case that killed a 20-year-old woman, was denied by Delhi’s Rohini Court on Thursday. Previously, the court reserved its decision on the accused’s bail plea until 2 p.m. After hearing the submissions of the Delhi Police and the defense counsel, the Court decided to reserve its decision on the bail petition. The defense counsel claimed during the hearing that the accused was not in the car at the time of the incident. The Delhi Police, on the other hand, claimed that the accused misled and harbored the other accused in the Kanjhawala Death Case.
On January 6, Ashutosh was arrested by Delhi police and charged with harboring the accused and misleading the investigation.
Ashutosh’s attorney, Shilpesh Chaudhary, testified in court that there are videos that show Ashutosh was not in the car but was instead at home. He also mentioned that his Google location and CDR (call detail record) show he was not in the car. Chaudhary also claimed that the sections filed against him are bailable in nature.
The investigation, according to additional public prosecutor Atul Srivastava, is in its early stages. He also claimed that “it has never been our case that he was inside the car; our claim is that he provided the car to someone who was not legally authorized to drive.”
He stated that despite being under legal compulsion, Ashutosh did not notify the police about the incident and provided false information that Deepak was driving the car, attempting to mislead the investigation.
After hearing the counsels’ arguments, the court reserved its decision.
Earlier this week, the court sentenced all six defendants in the case to 14 days in judicial custody and ordered the Delhi police to submit a report detailing the reasons for the delay in responding to the initial PCR calls.
The court had also requested a report detailing the status of the CCTV cameras at the scene and the route taken by the accused.
The court also ordered the police to keep all available CCTV footage to prevent evidence tampering.
Kanjhawala Hit-and-Run Case- Forensic Team Collecting Information
A team of five experts from Gujarat’s National Forensic Science University (NFSU) began collecting forensic evidence in the Sultanpuri incident on Thursday, in which a 20-year-old girl was dragged and crushed by a car on January 1, according to Delhi police.
According to Harendra Kumar Singh, the deputy commissioner of police (outer), because local forensic experts were unable to determine the exact duration and distance Anjali Kumari, the victim, was dragged, the police have asked NFSU experts to provide more comprehensive reports.
“Five NFSU experts have arrived on the scene and have begun collecting forensic evidence. Their testimony may be crucial in the prosecution’s case against the accused. If necessary, they will continue collecting evidence on Friday.”
Kanjhawala Hit-and-Run Case- Background
In the early hours of January 1, four men in a gray Maruti Suzuki Baleno hit 20 years Anjali Singh, the victim, who was riding a Scooty with a friend in Delhi’s Sultanpuri; the impact entangled her body to the underside of the car, which then drove on for at least two hours, dragging her body for at least 14 km before it dislodged in a mangled state and was discovered by local residents in outer Delhi’s Kanjhawala.
Kanjhawala Hit-and-Run Case- 7 Accused
Deepak Khanna, 26, Amit Khanna, 25, Krishan, 27, Mithun, 26, and Manoj Mittal were arrested shortly after the incident. Later, two more men, Ashutosh and Ankush Khanna, were arrested for allegedly trying to shield the accused.