On April 1, 2019, a drunk Doordarshan actress Ruhi Shaileshkumar Singh not only slapped a policeman but also fled in her car while she was allegedly inebriated and drove rashly before crashing her car into seven vehicles. The incident occurred near the KFC outlet on Linking Road after Singh and her friends allegedly fought with the staffers for not letting them use the washroom. However, former Miss India Ruhi Dilip Singh was trolled and shamed on social media instead after she was wrongly assumed to be Ruhi Shaileshkumar Singh. Speaking to mid-day, the former Miss India said that due to the mistaken identity and irresponsible journalism led to her losing out on a project.
In pic: Ruhi Shaileshkumar Singh is seen with constable Laxmikant Shetye's badge.
On September 24, 2018, 65-year-old Bollywood actor Dalip Tahil was arrested by the Khar police after he rammed his SUV into an autorickshaw injuring the passengers in the process. According to the victims, Tahil rammed his car and immediately sped away without stopping. The two passengers, who were seated in an auto-rickshaw along with the driver, chased Tahil's car and stopped it, leading to a heated brawl between the passengers and Tahil. According to the police officer, the senior actor was apparently 'heavily drunk'. Tahil was booked under section 279 (causing injury due to rash and negligent driving) and 337 (causing hurt by endangering life or personal safety of others) of IPC and section 185 (driving under the influence of alcohol) of Motor Vehicle Act. Dalip Tahil was later released on bail.
In August 2018, the Kamothe police arrested an MBBS student for ramming her car into another one in a drunken state. The student, who was driving under the influence of alcohol also had an altercation with the police. The youngster was on her way home after a party when she was unable to control her vehicle and allegedly dashed the vehicle into a Wagon R ahead of her, in the Navi Mumbai locality. The police registered an FIR against her for drink and rash driving. The next day she was let out on bail after her parents were called in and informed about the incident.
In March 2017, music composer Sajid Khan was granted a cash bail of Rs 2,000 the railway mobile court in Andheri metropolitan magistrate court premises for allegedly driving drunk and without a licence. Sajid was caught near D N Nagar traffic police station in Andheri West and had to undergo a breathalyser test. He was not carrying his licence at the time. Sajid Khan was allowed to leave after posting a personal bail bond of Rs 2,500.
In June 2015, Janhavi Gadkar, 32, drove her car on the wrong side of the Eastern Freeway, allegedly the under influence of alcohol, and crashed into an oncoming taxi, killing two persons, including the taxi driver. The police claimed that the corporate lawyer had several pints of beer before getting behind the wheel. She spent 58 days in jail before getting bail and in June 2017 she was granted permission to visit Europe on a holiday.
In February 2017, the Railway Protection Force (RPF) was bowled over by cricketer Harmeet Singh Baddhan when he drove his car onto the platform of Andheri Railway station. The former IPL player and Under-19 World Cup bowler got away with the incident as the RPF relied on the most unreliable test of all: his body language post incident. Baddhan drove his Hyundai Verna onto platform 1 of Andheri station leaving the commuters amused and frightened. He apparently slammed the brakes only when he spotted an escalator. He told the Andheri RPF that had been misguided by a passer-by and mistakenly entered the platform. After his 'misguided' misadventure, he was immediately taken into custody but the RPF did let him off due to his body language post the incident.
Back in October 2016, Shivang Nath, the son of veteran television and Bollywood actor Alok Nath, was booked for drunk driving when he was returning home from a birthday party of a friend. When the cops asked Shivang to stop his car for a check-up, he chose to speed away from the spot. The police then gave chase on their motorcycle for two kilometres and managed to stop the car near Juhu Garden. It was revealed that Shivang was not only under the influence of alcohol but was driving without a licence. The youngsters were slapped a fine of Rs 2,600, for not complying with traffic rules.
In September 2016, actor Rahul Raj Singh was arrested and booked for alleged drunk driving. He was accompanied by a friend, Saloni Singh when his car was stopped by the traffic police at Gajdharband in suburban Santacruz. The actor was allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol and also did not carry his driving license. The police took action against him but the actor refused to cooperate with the traffic police, behaved rudely with them and tried to wriggle out of the sticky situation by throwing his weight around. The actor was slapped Rs 2,500 for DUI and driving without a licence. Later, he was asked to appear before the court, and a summon was sent out to him. Singh paid the penalty for the offences.
In November 2017, the Versova police arrested a 25-year-old aspiring actor after he crashed his SUV into a stationary car in Versova. The incident had taken place at 3.30 am at Lokhandwala circle as the actor was returning from a party with his friends. According to the police, the aspiring actor lost control of his SUV and crashed into a stationary WagonR car. The noise from the crash alerted security guards, who then called the police. Medical tests revealed that the actor was under the influence of alcohol. The Versova police had then registered an FIR and the accused was produced before the magistrate's court on where he was remanded to custody. He was later granted bail on a surety.
In June 2016, the Worli police arrested a drunk 21-year-old architecture student and her friends for rash driving. But the police were in for a surprise when the woman got violent and turned the police station upside down. A video of the incident went viral all over the internet where the young girl was seen slapping the officers, hurling abuses and ransacking the police station. The young girl and her friends were caught for rash driving after she rammed her car over a divider and onto a footpath. The accused was then taken to JJ hospital for their medical test and was charged under Sections 279, 332, 353, 427 and 34 of the IPC and was kept in police custody for a night. She and her friends were later produced in court and were granted bail for Rs 15,000 each.
In September 2002, actor Salman Khan was arrested for rash and negligent driving after his car ran into a bakery in Mumbai; one person who was sleeping on the pavement outside the bakery died and three others were injured in the accident
On May 6, 2015, Salman Khan was convicted of all charges, including culpable homicide and sentenced to 5 years in jail. Salman got an interim bail for two days. On May 8, the Bombay High Court suspended his 5-year prison sentence and granted him bail pending his appeal against conviction
In July 2015, the Supreme Court admitted a plea by the Maharashtra government that challenged the acquittal of Salman Khan in the hit-and-run case by the Bombay High Court. The court refused to fast-track the case.
In January 2015, actor Siddharth Shukla, of Balika Vadhu fame was arrested for a drink-driving case in Juhu. The actor was fined Rs 2,000, his car and his licence were confiscated by the authorities. In July 2018, the actor was involved in another car crash near Shreeji Hotel in Oshiwara, however, he was not under influence of alcohol then.
In October 2011, the Bangur Nagar police arrested an air hostess who ran into an auto rickshaw while driving her car in an inebriated condition. The incident took place in the Chincholi Bunder area when the air hostess rammed her car and also allegedly assaulted the cops who intervened to resolve the matter. The air hostess was accompanied by her two male friends, one of whom was her boyfriend. She was arrested on charges of drunken driving and abusing cops on duty.
In January 2010, NRI hairstylist Nooriya Haveliwala was driving back home after drinking at a pub when she crashed into a taxi and then into a police vehicle. A police constable and a civilian were killed in the incident. She was given five years of rigorous imprisonment in 2012. She is now on out on bail and has appealed her sentence in the High Court.
In November 2006, 21-year-old Alistair Pereira, who was heavily drunk, lost control of his Toyota Corolla on the Carter Road seafront and drove into a group of construction workers sleeping on the road. Seven people died and eight were injured. The Supreme Court upheld a Bombay High Court verdict in 2012 awarding him a three-year jail sentence and days later, he surrendered before a local court. Alistair was sentenced to 3 years in prison with a fine of Rs 5 lakh.
In 1999, 34-year-old businessman Sanjeev Nanda had mowed down six people, including three policemen, with his BMW. Grandson of former Naval Chief S M Nanda, Sanjeev was ordered by the court to pay a compensation of Rs 50 lakh to the Centre which would be used for road accident victims. In 2012, the apex court had even directed Nanda to perform community service for two years after his sentence was reduced.
Despite stringent driving laws implemented by the Mumbai police to check drunk driving, we often hear of driving accidents caused by drinking and driving. On April 1, 2019, a drunk Doordarshan actress assaulted cops, fled in a car before slamming seven vehicles and sending pedestrians scampering for their lives. This isn't the first time that a case of drink and drive has made headlines. In the past too, there have been several other incidents of drunk driving reported in Mumbai over the years. Here's a look at drunk driving cases that made the headlines
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