Ex-IAS officer's son arrested for hit-and-run in Delhi's Greater Kailash
The Delhi Police arrested a 27-year-old man on Friday for hitting a pedestrian and dragging him on the bonnet for over 100 meters. The incident happened in South Delhi's Greater Kailash 1 area. The accused, identified as Raj Sunderam, fled the scene after the incident. CCTV footage showed an SUV hitting the victim, who clings to the bonnet before falling and hurting himself.
The accused was arrested two days later from outside a hotel in Gurugram. He is the son of a retired IAS officer, identified as Pandyan Kalyan Sunderam, who was also in the vehicle during the incident. A retired joint secretary in the petroleum ministry, Pandyan was also booked on the suspicion of harboring his son but was later released by the police.
Anand Vijay Mandelia, the 37-year-old victim, was rushed to a hospital where he is currently undergoing treatment. His family said that he sustained multiple injuries on his head. As per reports, Mandelia is under observation but remains out of danger. He told the police that he was walking on the road outside his house when a speeding vehicle hit him from behind.
"Initially, a case under sections of rash driving and causing grievous hurt was registered," said DCP (South district) Benita Mary Jaiker, adding, "new sections have now been added on the basis of facts that emerged during investigation." The DCP added that the accused is charged under sections 307 (attempt to murder) and 308 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of the Indian Penal Code.
The police said they received a complaint about the hit-and-run and it was found that Mandelia was hit by a mustard Volkswagen outside his home. The vehicle was traced after checking the CCTV footage in the area. "Using technical surveillance, the father and son, who were communicating with their relatives and advocates via WhatsApp, were arrested from Le Meridien Hotel," an officer said.
"The offending vehicle involved in the road accident was identified, seized, and taken into police possession. It was parked in the accused's rented house in GK-1," the officer added." a senior police officer told ThePrint.