The Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL), which checked the blood samples of Siddharth Maharia and those found on the seat, steering and air bag of the BMW involved in the fatal accident, has said that there is a 'distinct' possibility of tampering of blood samples.
According to FSL officials, they have found blood of two different persons. "The blood found on the steering, air bag and other parts of the front seat is of Siddharth Maharia. But there is some tampering. The stains on the car showed blood of two different people at the same spot.
You can have blood of other injured people or those hit by the car. But these can't be at the same spot," said a senior FSL officer on condition of anonymity. Three people were killed and a police officer was injured when a speeding BMW car, allegedly driven by an MLA's son, rammed into an autorickshaw and a police van near St Xavier's School in Jaipur in the wee hours of July 2.
The vehicle was allegedly driven by 24-year-old Siddharth Maharia, son of Nandkishore Maharia, independent MLA from Fatehpur in Sikar district. The breathalyser test done by the police on Siddharth had then shown that the alcohol level was above the permissible limit.
However, on August 12, the forensic lab had given a clean chit to the accused and concluded that the blood sample did not contain alcohol, prompting the state home minister Gulab Chand Kataria to urge FSL to examine the blood samples carefully.
The FSL has already sent the confidential report to the state government in this regard. However, the police maintained that they have substantial evidence to prove the crime of culpable homicide not amounting to murder against Siddharth.
"As far as the blood samples are concerned, these were collected and submitted to the FSL. We are not aware of any tempering. On the other hand, we have substantial corroborating evidence against Siddharth. The amount of alcohol he had consumed was above the permissible limit. The blood stains found on the front seat were of Siddharth which makes it clear that he was driving," said Manish Agarwal, deputy commissioner of police (south), on Sunday.
Agarwal maintained that the police have gathered CCTV footage of places where Siddharth visited and shows him getting into the driver's seat. "The breathalyser report is also a valid and admissible evidence," said a senior officer.