While announcing quantum of punishment on a case of mowing down a motorcyclist with a luxury car in 2008, a Delhi judge has made a significant observation. Apparently raising concerns over the current state of affairs, the judge wondered how present-day laws provide more stringent punishment to perpetrators of cattle-related crimes than those who take human lives.
“The sentence for killing cow is five, seven or 14 years in different states, but the sentence for causing the death of a human being through rash or negligent driving is only two years,” additional sessions judge Sanjeev Kumar noted.
Kumar sentenced the son of a Haryana-based industrialist to two years’ imprisonment on Saturday for mowing down a motorcyclist with his BMW car in 2008.
The court on Saturday held the accused, 30-year-old Utsav Bhasin, guilty of rash driving, voluntarily causing hurt on provocation and causing death by negligence, besides announcing a compensation of Rs 10 lakh for the family of the deceased and Rs 2 lakh for the injured.
The convict Bhasin, who was a BBA student, had crushed Anuj Chauhan and his friend, Mrigank Srivastava, under his BMW car at Moolchand in South Delhi on the night of 11 September 2008. While Chauhan died in a city hospital, Srivastava survived the accident.
Bhasin was arrested from ISBT Kashmere Gate while he was fleeing to Chandigarh.
The verdict was passed in May and quantum of punishment was pronounced only on Saturday, Hindustan Times reports. The court also granted statutory bail to Bhasin, enabling him to file an appeal in the high court. The bail bond was fixed at Rs 50,000 with surety of a similar amount.
Bhasin was earlier cleared of culpable homicide, which provides for a maximum jail term of up to 10 years.
The court also stated that the judgment must be sent to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, so he can consider steps to enhance the punishment prescribed for such offences.