New twist in BMW hit-and-run case

NEW DELHI: In a new twist to the BMW hit-and-run case trial here, a medical expert on Thursday told the court that a blood test on prime accused Sanjeev Nanda just after the bloody accident eight years ago had shown that he was under the influence of liquor.

“As per traffic rules, a person is under the influence of liquor if the blood contains 30 mg or above per 100 ml of blood, whereas in the present case it was much above it. As per my report, it was 115 mg/ml,” Dr. Madhulika Sharma told Additional Sessions Judge Vinod Kumar.

Dr. Sharma, then a resident doctor at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences here, had performed the “blood alcohol estimation test” on Sanjeev Nanda, grandson of former Navy Chief S.M. Nanda, on January 10, 1999, following his arrest by the police allegedly for mowing down six people with his black BMW car near Lodhi Hotel .

The doctor was questioned on Thursday by the defence, which had sought an opportunity to cross-examine her contending that her questioning was necessary in view of the surfacing of some incriminating evidence during the testimony of eye-witness Sunil Kulkarni.

Dr. Sharma, who had earlier recorded her statement as a prosecution witness in 2000, stuck to her stand on Thursday and reiterated that the alcohol content in Nanda’s blood clearly established that he was inebriated at the time of the accident.

Her testimony assumes importance as the prosecution has claimed that Nanda, who was at the steering of the car, had run over six persons in the wee hours of the fateful day in a drunken state. --PTI

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