Monday, November 29, 1999

Nanda questioned

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New Delhi, June 18(PTI) Industrialist Anil Nanda, in whose house his driver was allegedly set on fire and who later died, was today questioned by police in connection with the case. "We have examined more than 20 persons including Anil Nanda in connection with the case. The case is being investigated under the personal supervision of additional CP (south-east)," Delhi police spokesman Rajan Bhagat said. On the basis of investigation and evidence, action will be taken against those found to have been involved in the murder of Nanda''s driver Janeshwar Sharma, he added. Additional CP (south-east) Virender Singh Chahal said the case was initially registered under Section 307 of IPC against unknown person as the victim had not named any one of those who allegedly set him on fire by pouring petrol on him at the residence of Nanda on June 9. Chahal said since the name of Anil Nanda and his other associates was now figuring in the case "we are investigating from this angle also." The case has now been converted in to a murder case since the victim is no more, he added. About a letter, which is said to have been written by the victim before he died and sent to police by his brother Yogesh levelling accusations against Nanda, Chahal said, "we are examining it. it is yet to be verified who wrote it. This is also part of the investigation." Reacting to the allegations that police did not taken statement of the victim while he was on the death bed, the additional CP said, it was not done as doctors had then declared him not fit for making any statement." "There is no no inaction. Police will seriously get into it," he said. Sharma, who was said to have been working at the industrialist''s house for six years, died on Wednesday at a city hospital battling serious burn injuries for seven days after he was set on fire at Nanda''s residence late on June 9. PTI PKU.

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