7-day remand for reckless Biplav

KATHMANDU: Kathmandu District Court today remanded Biplav Man Singh, the reckless driver who mowed down six pedestrians in the Bhotahiti accident, to a seven-day judicial custody.

Judge Narayan Prasad Shrestha issued the order against the 20-year-old driver of the car, which had mowed down six persons on Wednesday morning.

The police had produced him at the KDC seeking judicial custody to further investigate into the accident, as per the Vehicle and Transport Management Act 1992.

"The police should press charges against him within this period or seek judicial custody extension," Gopal Banstola, KDC registrar, told The Himalayan Times. "After the filing of the case, we will record his statement and decide whether or not to grant him bail."

The accused declined to comment when asked about his legal counsel. "I don't know. My family has been doing all these things," he said.

Wearing a hat and bearing a minor injury on his right hand, Biplav refused to say whether he had driven the car when the accident took place. Flanked by police officials, he did not entertain questions.

If prosecuted under Section 161(1) of the Act, Singh may face life imprisonment for the vehicular homicide as the law treats an intentional murder as homicide. The Act prohibits drunken-driving and has an additional punishment for the same.