Trouble is still not over for the Khatau scion Manish Khatau after being acquitted by the session court for injuring two police constables at marine drive in 2005.
The Bombay High Court on Wednesday admitted the appeal filed by Maharashtra government against Khatau’s acquittal. Sewree Sessions court had acquitted Khatau in April 2006.
Once the appeal against acquittal is admitted by HC, process is issued under law and the person has to be taken into custody. Khatau, presently being in London has not been served with the appeal copy.
His lawyer Girish Kulkarni told Hindustan Times that he has yet to get in touch with Khatau. Once he returns from London, the necessary procedure will be carried out.
In the wee hours of August 15, 2005, Khatau rammed his car into barricades placed at Marine Drive in south Mumbai injuring two police constables who were on bandobast duty for the Independence Day. Police sub inspector Shivalkar and police constable Rokde were manning the three lane road at Marine Drive near the Police Gymkhana and were standing behind the barricades placed before lane 1 and lane 2.
When Khatau's Ford Ikon approached the barricades, PSI Shivalkar signaled him to take the third lane, where all the cars were halted for checking. Initially, Khatau slowly approached the third lane, but then abruptly deviated his vehicle with brisk acceleration towards the other lane. By doing this, Khatau rammed into the barricades, which flung into air and hit Rokde in his head.
Following the accident, Khatau fled from the scene. However, he was intercepted ahead by the Marine Drive Mobile unit and was taken into custody. Constable Rokde was rushed to the Bombay Hospital, where he underwent treatment. On April 26, 2006, the Sewree sessions court acquitted Khatau for the offences punishable under section 333 and 307 of the IPC.
The state government filed an appeal before the Bombay High Court claiming that Khatau had caused injury with intent to prevent the police from discharging his duties as a public servant. State Public Prosecutor Hingorani stated that Khatau, who is in London currently, has not yet been served with the appeal.
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