Mumbai drunk-driving accident: Janhavi Gadkar's bail plea rejected for second time

Jul 24, 2015, 16:20 IST | Sailee Dhayalkar

The Kurla magistrate court on Friday rejected the bail application moved by 35-year-old corporate lawyer Janhavi Gadkar for the second time. The advocate is accused of mowing down two persons on the Eastern Freeway in Mumbai on June 10 under the influence of alcohol.

Freeway drunk-driving accident: Mumbai court rejects Janhavi Gadkar's bail plea for second timeJanhavi Gadkar

Judge Richa Khedekar rejected the bail plea after hearing arguments of prosecution and defence.

Gadkar's lawyer, Mahesh Sabnis, argued before the court that the investigation in the case was over and hence she could be granted the relief.

He also said that the police have got various documents like blood report, RTO report, while all the injured victims have been discharged from the hospital.

She also told the court, through her lawyer Mahesh Sabnis, that she will cooperate with the police in the case.

However, the police opposed her bail application saying that the case is triable by the sessions court and, hence the magistrate's court cannot grant her bail. The police also contended that her bail was rejected at the previous instance by the same court on the ground that the offence was serious and the investigation was underway.

The prosecution told court, "The case is sessions trial case. The investigation has not been completed yet. We are also submitting the investigation papers to show the status of the case."

In the early hours of June 10, an Audi driven by Gadkar rammed into a taxi, resulting in the death of two persons, including the taxi driver on the Eastern Freeway. The deceased were identified as Mohammed Abdul Sayyad (55) and Mohammed Salim Sabuwala (50).

Here is what Janhavi Gadkar told the police in her statement:

>> I, Janhavi Ajit Gadkar (35), am a resident of Chembur.

>> In 2002, I completed LLB from the Government Law College in Churchgate. I left for England in 2004 and completed my LLM.

>> I worked with Talwar Thakur Associates as a lawyer for seven years. Thereafter, I joined Reliance Region Chamber as Vice-President Legal in 2013. Soon after joining Reliance, I bought an Audi Q3 and have been commuting from my house in Chembur to the office in Nariman Point in my car.

>> On June 8, I attended my office and my colleagues, Rahul Dutt and Shailendra Rane, and I went to celebrate in the evening as we had bagged a new project. At 7 pm we went to Marine Plaza. Instead of beer, for fun, I decided to have whisky that day. I had two pegs of Ballantine's Whisky and had dinner after that. Our total bill was around Rs 2,000. I paid the bill.

>> Around 10 pm, we left the hotel. Then, I was in my car, alone, at Marine Drive for two hours. At midnight, I left my friends and drove away in my car. I took a U-turn from Marine Drive towards Churchgate station and then went to P D'Mello Road to take the Eastern Freeway.

>> Since I was under the influence of whisky, I drove on the wrong side and also drove rashly. Around 1 am, when I reached close to the Shivaji Nagar mosque on the Freeway, I rammed my Audi into a taxi coming from the opposite direction.

>> I got saved because of the air bags, but fell unconscious. When I gained consciousness and some of the bystanders pulled me out of the car,

>> I saw that the taxi into which I had rammed my vehicle was parked in the middle of the road and had suffered severe damage. After that, the police made me sit in one of their vehicles and took me to the hospital for a medical test.

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