Shaji summoned in hit & run case

Published: 26th September 2013 08:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 26th September 2013 08:00 AM   |  A+A-

The Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court in Egmore has issued summons to Empee Group scion, Shaji Purushotaman, asking him to appear before the court on October 4 in connection with the sensational hit-and-run case of May 23.

The summons followed the filing of chargesheet by the police in the case where the Mercedes driven by Shaji ran on a pavement on the night of May 23, killing a 13-year-old boy and injuring four others. Shaji absconded immediately after the incident, leading to massive manhunt lasting for 20 days. A lookout notice was issued across airports in the country and he was nabbed at the immigration wing of Kochi international airport.

He was remanded to judicial custody following the arrest and was later granted conditional bail by the High Court. In the charge sheet before the Egmore court, the police has said that it was Shaji who drove the Mercedes in a drunken state in a rash and negligent manner.

Following the incident that killed a young boy, he fled the scene with an intention to evade legal action, police contended. “He did not give treatment to the injured and failed to inform the law enforcing authorities,” the chargesheet said.

Shaji has been booked under several provisions of the IPC, including section 304 (ii) for causing death by negligence and section 308 r/w 114 for attempt to commit culpable homicide. Provisions under the Tamil Nadu Public Property (Prevention of Damage and Loss) Act and the Motor Vehicles Act have also been invoked. Following this, the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Judge, M Gopalan, issued summons to Shaji and three co-accused for their appearance before the court on October 4.


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