Freeway Mishap: Lawyer Remanded to Judicial Custody till Jun 26
MUMBAI: Corporate lawyer Janhvi Gadkar, who rammed her car into a taxi killing two persons here on June 9 allegedly under the influence of alcohol, was today remanded to judicial custody till June 26 by a local court which rejected the police plea for her custody.
The alcohol level in the blood of 35-year-old Gadkar, who had allegedly drove the car allegedly after having drinks from a posh pub in south Mumbai, was about four times higher than the permissible limit, according to medical test reports. A video, purportedly shot by a person who passed by the spot when the gruesome accident happened, showed that the woman was unperturbed, asking for her 'dupatta' from people who had gathered at the site.
Remanding Gadkar to 14-day judicial custody, Magistrate Richa Khedkar of Kurla court also reprimanded the police for not showing the progress of investigation in the case diary. Soon after she was sent to the judicial custody, Gadkar moved her bail application which will be heard on June 15.
Seeking custody of the accused, who has been slapped with charge of 304 (II) of IPC (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), police said that they wanted to record the statements of certain witnesses for which her custody was needed. The police also said they wanted to go to all the places where the accused visited on the night of the incident.
Gadkar's lawyer, however, held that for recording the statements of the witnesses the custody of the accused was not required. Her lawyer said she was also injured in the accident and should be sent to the judicial custody.
In the wee hours of June 10, the car driven by Gadkar rammed a taxi, resulting in death of two people including the taxi driver on the Eastern Freeway here.
The deceased were identified as Mohammad Abdul Sayyad (55) and Mohammad Salim Sabuwala (50).
Meanwhile, medical reports of the accused's blood samples suggested that the alcohol content in her blood was four times more than the permissible limit.