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Mumbai, Apr 19: The Bombay High court has, on Thursday, taken suo motu cognisance in the Alister Pereira hit-and-run case.

It has asked the State to furnish forensic and post-mortem reports in the case.

Pereira was charged with  with killing seven labourers by running them over with his car in November 2006.

In a controversial judgement on April 13, the 21-year-old was found guilty of causing death due to negligence not amounting to culpable homicide (Section 304-A) and causing injuries (Section 337 of IPC) by Additional Sessions Judge A P Mishra, who criticised the police for their 'casual' investigation.

The sentence evoked protests from some lawyers and civil rights activists who said that this was yet another case of malfunctioning of the criminal justice system in the country after similar instances in Delhi and elsewhere in the recent past.


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