Indian driver who killed Gold Coast student fights for bail

The family of the Indian hit-run driver who killed a Gold Coast student has again cried foul, as they fight for him to be released on bail.

Puneet Puneet’s legal team will return to court again later today, after he was ordered to remain in jail yesterday.

He is fighting extradition to Australia for sentencing over the 2008 incident which led to Dean Hofstee’s death.


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The Australian reports, Puneet’s defence lawyers labelled yesterday’s verdict “biased” and his tearful family pledged to appeal the decision in the High Court.

“This is a biased decision, this is against one’s personal liberty,” said Harinath Ram, Puneet’s defence counsel.

The defence lawyer representing Australia argued that Puneet had already jumped bail in Australia and went underground.

Puneet is fighting his extradition in an Indian court through a team of seven lawyers after fleeing in 2009 following the drunken, high-speed car crash in Melbourne a year earlier.

Puneet was drunk and driving at almost 150km/h when he crashed into Mr Hofstee and his friend, Clancy Coker on City Rd, Southbank, on October 1, 2008.

He pleaded guilty to culpable driving in 2009 and was arrested in India in November last year.

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