Freeway accident: Police oppose bail, say lawyer may commit offence again

Cops also tell court that the accused lawyer might tamper with evidence if she is released on bail

The Kurla Metropolitan Magistrate Court on Monday adjourned the bail application of advocate Janhavi Gadkar to June 17. The court has called for the medical reports of Gadkar on the next date of hearing. During yesterday’s hearing, the investigating officer submitted his say on the bail application to the court.

The Metropolitan Magistrate Court has adjourned the bail application of advocate Janhavi Gadkar to June 17. File pic
The Metropolitan Magistrate Court has adjourned the bail application of advocate Janhavi Gadkar to June 17. File pic

Later, Gadkar’s advocate Mahesh Sabnis told the court that the accused’s left forearm was paining and requested that she be given medical treatment for the same at any government hospital. After the plea, Judge Richa Khedekar called for Gadkar’s medical report from the jail authorities.

Intervention
Meanwhile, Shubhada Khot, the advocate who is representing the Sabuwala family, filed an intervention application, saying that she would be assisting Public Prosecutor Prahlad Mahajan in the case.

After Sabnis objected to the intervention, Khot cited two judgements, one from the Supreme Court and the other from the Bombay High Court to buttress her request, after which the judge allowed the advocate’s application to assist the public prosecutor.

Speaking to mid-day, Khot said, “After the Sabuwala family approached us, we filed the intervention application on Monday in court, and the court has allowed our intervention. On the next date, we will strongly oppose the bail.”

What the police said
The police, who are strongly opposing Gadkar’s bail application, submitted the following points to the court:

>> The offence is very serious in nature

>> The act of the accused is very careless and she is responsible for the loss of life of two people

>> On perusal of the report of the investigating agency, it appears that the offence under Section 304 (2) (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of the IPC, is established prime facie against the accused

>> The accused is responsible for the injuries of the complainant Sadiya Sabuwala and witnesses. On perusal of the report of the investigating officer, (it was found that) injuries have appeared on the various parts of the body of the complainant

>> Investigation is in progress and not completed

>> The larger interest of society is involved in this offence. If the accused is released, she can commit a similar offence again and may also tamper with the evidence. Therefore, in the said circumstances and considering the nature of offence, the (bail) application may be rejected.

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