Hit-and-run: Case against Jaipur royal
In a high profile hit-and-run case, a member of Jaipur's former royal family Vijit Singh may now run into more trouble with the law.
Vijit's medical report has confirmed that his blood contained 95 milligrams of alcohol, three times more alcohol than the permissible limit of 30 mgs for driving when the incident happened.
A step-grandson of Gayatri Devi, Vijit had allegedly killed a girl student and injured four others in a road accident in Jaipur in mid-December. He was heavily drunk when he rammed his Volkswagen into the group of girls on December 16.
Initially, he was booked in a bailable case and released by the police.
But after public outrage and Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot's directive to the police not to show any leniency, Vijit was booked for culpable homicide not amounting to murder.
The police also moved a local court in Jaipur to cancel Vijit's bail.
"This medical report will supplement the testimony given by our main witnesses. They had testified that Vijit was so drunk that he could not even walk properly. Now this medical report proves that their testimony was accurate. He was heavily drunk and in no shape to drive properly," said Mohan Singh, Superintendent of Police, Jaipur.
Besides the medical report, legal experts say that Vijit's alleged attack on the car of the eyewitness who tried to stop him, while he was escaping, makes his crime more serious. And for deliberately hitting the eyewitness' car, they claim Vijit deserves stricter punishment.
"It's not a case of only rash and negligent driving. Instead it's a case of intentional hitting. And the way Vijit tried to attack the eyewitness who chased him, and rammed into his car deliberately, it should be registered as a case of attempt to murder under section 307 of the IPC," said A K Gupta, senior advocate, Rajasthan High Court.
The police appeal to cancel Vijit's bail will be heard at a Jaipur court on January 2. And with the medical report nailing his intoxication, the legal battle in the tragic case will be closely scrutinised not just by the family of Babita Chaudhary, killed in the accident, but by countless others.