21-year-old Alistair Perreira, whose car rammed into pavement dwellers killing seven of them on Sunday early morning, has been remanded to police custody till November 18.
As the Bandra magistrate court turned down his bail application on Tuesday, Pereira looked highly disappointed. But even before Pereira could react and talk to his sister, who was sitting inside the courtroom long he before was brought in, police forced him into the car and left the spot. Pereira, sporting a blue striped shirt and blue jeans was looking composed as he sat on the floor waiting for his turn inside the courtroom.
Defense lawyer SG Rajput appearing for Pereira pleaded for bail and insisted that he was wrongly booked for culpable homicide not amounting to murder under section 304. “He neither had the intention nor the knowledge to cause death or injury,” said Rajput.
He pleaded that Pereira should rather be booked for death of any person by rash or negligent act not amounting to culpable homicide under section 304 (A). In this case, punishment can be imprisonment up to two years or fine, or both. However, Assistant Public prosecutor S B Gujarati argued that since the gravity of the “offence committed was very serious”, the accused should be given the maximum police custody. He also argued that if the bail application was accepted, accused would not be readily available for the trial.
Meanwhile, a Pune based NGO Legal Eagle Foundation of India (LIFE), which works in the field of law and human rights, has taken a pledge that they would see to it that Pereira does not get bail soon. “We will support the public prosecutor in every possible manner and see that the guilty is punished,” said Debjyoti Talukdar, Secretary General of LIFE.
The other five occupants of the car Craig Pereira, Kenroy Jacob, Curt D’Lima, Marvin Pinto and Ronela Santamay were released on a bail of Rs 5,000 on Monday itself.