Court frees man in rash driving case

Srinagar: A man accused of causing death of a lady and her child by negligent and rash driving, has been acquitted by a local court by setting aside a judgment, convicting and sentencing him for the 2000 incident.
The man, Fayaz Ahmad Parra, had challenged the judgment pronounced by Judge Small Causes before the court of Additional District and Sessions judge Srinagar.
“Impugned judgment is not sustainable inasmuch as the evidence adduced by the prosecution has not proved the charges against the appellant beyond all reasonable doubts,” the session judge Soba Ram Gandhi.
“Consequently the appeal succeeds and the impugned judgment passed by the trial court is hereby set-aside. The appellant (Parra) is accordingly acquitted of the offences under these sections,” the court added.
Parra has filed the appeal through his counsel advocate Sajad Ahmad Sofi who pleaded that the trial court failed to appreciate the statement of prosecution witnesses, resulting in the miscarriage of justice. He also submitted that identity of the accused being the driver of the vehicle is also not established by the prosecution beyond all reasonable doubts but the trial court committed illegality by convicting him.
In 2000, according to the prosecution, Parra was driving a bus from Srinagar to Ganderbal in a “rash and negligent manner” and hit Scooter causing death of one Mst Haseena on spot while as her child succumbed at SKIMS.