Nooriya case not as serious as other hit-run cases: HC

The Bombay High Court Friday observed that the drunk driving case in which US national Nooriya Haveliwala was sentenced to five years imprisonment is not as serious as other similar cases such as the Alistair Pereira case of 2007 in which seven people were killed or the Sanjeev Nanda BMW hit-and-run case of 1999.

"I don't say it is not serious. But other publicised cases were more serious," Justice A M Thipsay said. The court said two people had lost their lives in this case biker Afzal Akbar and traffic policeman Dinanath Shinde while more people were killed in other cases. "I thought there are six or seven deaths," Justice Thipsay said.

Haveliwala, a 30-year-old beautician, was convicted of culpable homicide not amounting to murder and sentenced by a special Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances court November 1, 2012. She was, however, acquitted of drug consumption.

The state government recently moved an application seeking enhancement of Haveliwala's punishment to 10 years imprisonment for the January 31, 2010 accident that killed two and injured four.

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