Mumbai's hit-and-run convict yet to surrender

Two days after the Supreme Court upheld his conviction in the 2006 hit-and-run case and cancelled his bail, Alistair Pereira is yet to surrender before the authorities.

Mumbai Police said they can’t arrest him as they are yet to receive a copy of the apex court order.

“We can only take action if a order copy is marked to the police,” Deputy Commissioner of Police, Pratap Dighavkar said.

Pereira’s lawyer Manjula Rao could not be reached for comment.

On January 12, the Supreme Court upheld the three-year jail term awarded to the Mumbai-based businessman for mowing down seven people in a speeding car while in an inebriated condition, but said the punishment for the “despicable aggravated offence” was “too meagre”.

The apex court, which concurred with the Bombay High Court’s verdict holding him guilty for the offence, had said the sentence could not be enhanced as the Maharashtra government has not challenged it.

It cancelled the bail of Pereira and directed him to “forthwith” surrender for undergoing the remaining sentence as awarded by the High Court in 2007 for the incident of November 12, 2006 in Mumbai. The High Court had enhanced the six month imprisonment awarded by a trial court to three years and also imposed a fine of Rs 5 lakh.

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