Ashutosh Bharadwaj Granted Bail in Hit and Drag Case

NEW DELHI: Ashutosh Bhardwaj, an accused in the Delhi Hit and Drag case was granted bail by a local court on Tuesday a day after Additional Sessions Judge Susheel Bala Dagar reserved its order on Bhardwaj’s bail plea.

He has been instructed to furnish a bail bond of Rs 50,000, the judge said. Other conditions include not tampering with evidence, not leaving Delhi-NCR, joining the investigation as and when required, and keeping his mobile phone switched off.

Bhardwaj’s advocate argued that he had come into the picture after the alleged crime was committed and that the offense was bailable. His lawyer had moved the Sessions court after the Metropolitan magistrate last week dismissed his bail plea.

Meanwhile, the Delhi police added a murder charge against the accused in the hit-and-drag case in which 20-year-old Anjali Singh died.

“In the Sultanpuri incident dated 01.01.23 (FIR No. 02/2023, dated 01.01.2023, u/s 279/304A/304/120B/34 IPC) after collection of Physical, Oral, Forensic and other Scientific evidence, the Police has added Section 302 IPC, in place of section 304 IPC. Further investigation in the case is in progress,” police statement read.

The family of the victim has been demanding to add a murder charge against the accused.

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