Pune: Eight years after Canada-based NRI Kamal Jugraj Jain (70) sped away in his car through Camp area with a traffic policeman clinging precariously to the bonnet, a sessions court on Wednesday sentenced him to three years of rigorous imprisonment for an attempt to murder charge.
During the incident, the car, a Ford Ikon, could be stopped only after then DCP (Special Branch) Ravindra Sengaokar, who is currently posted as Add CP with Pune police, fired six rounds at the tyres.
Additional Sessions Judge VK Kadam also imposed a fine of Rs 4,600 on Jain, a former CEO of a major telecom company.
Jain was also found guilty of offence under section 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty), 353 (obstructing a public servant from discharging official duty), 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others), 504 (intentional insult) of the Indian Penal Code and 119 (duty to obey traffic signs) of the Motor Vehicle Act.
The incident had taken place on July 19, 2009, between 11.05 am to 11.25 am. Traffic Branch Assistant Sub-Inspector Valmik Baburao Jadhav (58) spotted Jain's car in front of Hotel Aurora Towers in a no-parking zone. He was trying to fix a jammer to book the owner for the violation when Jain saw the policeman near the car. Jain had gone to a nearby sweets shop. He made his way to the steering wheel and started the vehicle in a jiffy. He did not stop even when the cop, after failing to hold him back, stepped on to the bonnet.
With the constable 'glued' to the windscreen, clinging for his life, Jain drove through the Camp area, hit two bikes, and pedestrians as people on the streets ran helter-skelter. Around this time, Sengaonkar happened to be taking that route when he saw the car with the constable on the bonnet. He gave chase and when efforts to stop Jain proved futile, he fired shots from his revolver to puncture the car tyres.
Senior Police Inspector Suhas Nadgouda, in-charge of Bund Garden police station, had investigated the case. Additional Public Prosecutor Shubhangi Deshmukh examined ten witnesses to prove the guilt of the accused, who had been issued a leave India notice for working without a proper visa. He had returned on another visa few days before the incident. Jain claimed that he had acted in 'spur' of the moment and he was too frightened to stop.