Court orders probe into NDTV sting in BMW case


New Delhi : A Delhi court Thursday ordered a probe into the sting operation by a television news channel that alleged collusion between the prosecution and defence counsels to help Sanjeev Nanda, accused of killing six people with a BMW car in a 1999 hit-and-run case.

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Additional Sessions Judge Vinod Kumar summoned south Delhi's Deputy Commissioner of Police Anil Shukla to his court at 5 p.m. Thursday to discuss the modalities and details of the court-monitored probe.

The court ordered the probe on allegations by senior advocate I.U. Khan that the sting operation conducted by the NDTV was "mischievous" with all its videotapes "fabricated and doctored".

Khan, who has withdrawn himself as public prosecutor following the sting operation, also sought to substantiate his allegations by submitting several pieces of documentary evidence to the court.

The news channel had suggested that the prosecution and defence attorneys were hand in glove in trying to bribe the sole witness to change his testimony.

Judge Kumar ordered NDTV to submit to the court by Friday afternoon all the visuals and audiotapes recorded by it for the sting operation, besides the names of all the reporters and journalists involved in the sting operation.

The court, while ordering a probe into the truth behind the sting operation, acceded Khan's request that he wanted to withdraw himself as the prosecution counsel in the infamous BMW hit and run case.

Sanjeev Nanda, the grandson of former navy chief Admiral S.M. Nanda, allegedly mowed down six people sleeping on Delhi's Lodhi Road pavement in the wee hours of Jan 10, 1999, while driving the BMW car.