ROMANA HIT-N-RUN CASE: Fresh hearing begins at Srinagar court


A local court here on Friday began to hear arguments afresh in 2009 Romana hit and run case.  
Before the court of principal district and sessions judge Srinagar, special prosecutor AA Teli read out the charges against the accused and also the statements of some prosecution witnesses.
The court listed the petition for 15 May 2018 for continuation of arguments, special prosecutor, AA Teli told Greater Kashmir.
Earlier, the prosecution and the defence counsel had concluded arguments in the case around one year ago. However, hearing of the arguments afresh was necessitated by the retirement of the then principal district and sessions judge Srinagar.
“This case was finally argued more than a year ago before the then principal and district sessions judge Srinagar, but the judgment was not delivered till his retirement,” Teli said.
Shoaib Dariyal of Nowhatta, the main accused in the case is lodged in central jail Srinagar since his arrest in 2009.
The other accused is out of jail on bail and has been exempted from personal appearance. His trial is going on in the juvenile court/CJM Srinagar. 
On 3 May 2009, Romana daughter of Dr Javed Shabnum of Bagh-i-Mehtab was crushed to death by a speeding car driven by the accused duo at Parraypora locality here. She was studying at a tuition center in the area when the incident took place.
During the investigation, police arrested two teenagers in the case and seized the Alto-car used in the crime. 
The accused were charged for murder under section 302 RPC. They were also charged under sections 294, 201 and 34 of RPC and the charges were framed against them on 13 March 2010.

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