Alistair Pereira surrenders in hit-and-run case

Four days after the Supreme Court cancelled his bail in a 2006 Mumbai hit-and-run case, 25-year-old Alistair Pereira surrendered in a special court here Monday.

On Jan 12, over five years after Pereira, driving under the influence of alcohol ran over 15 labourers sleeping on a Mumbai pavement and killed seven of them, the Supreme Court upheld a Bombay High Court verdict awarding him a three-year jail sentence.

According to the Supreme Court verdict, Pereira, who has only served one month in jail, will now have to serve the three years of imprisonment.

The apex court bench of Justice R.M. Lodha and Justice J.S. Kehar cancelled the bail bond of Pereira, the son of a rich businessman, and directed him to surrender.

Pereira holds an engineering diploma. The hit-and-run took place on Carter Road in suburban Bandra Nov 12, 2006.

He was convicted by a sessions court April 13, 2007, which awarded him six months imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs.5 lakh that was to be paid to the victims.

Pereira challenged the conviction before the Bombay High Court, which Sep 6, 2007 confirmed his conviction and enhanced the sentence to three years. It also criticised Mumbai police for slackness in the investigation and taking too much time to submit its report.

Pereira had challenged the high court verdict in the Supreme Court. He was granted bail at that time.

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