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Model Sonika Chauhan’s car crash death: Vikram Chatterjee’s blood sample inadequate for test

A report on Friday said Kolkata police submitted just 0.5 ml of Vikram Chatterjee’s blood for forensic tests – 20 times lesser than the required amount.

kolkata Updated: Jun 02, 2017 16:16 IST
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Sonika Chauhan was killed in a car accident on April 29.
Sonika Chauhan was killed in a car accident on April 29.

A possible procedural lapse by the Kolkata Police has jeopardised the investigation into the death of top model Sonika Chauhan in an a car crash involving television actor Vikram Chatterjee.

A report on Friday by the Bengali daily Anandabazar Patrika said that the police submitted just 0.5 ml of Chatterjee’s blood for forensic tests – 20 times lesser than the required amount.

This means it might never been known if Chatterjee was drunk while driving a car with Chauhan on their way back from a nightclub, when an accident caused her death.

The case has rocked Kolkata amid a storm of allegations that the police went slow on the investigation and sent blood samples for tests 10 days after the April 29 accident. Friends of Sonika demanded strong action against Vikram and alleged Kolkata Police didn’t probe if Chatterjee was driving under the influence of alcohol.

Last Tuesday, Kolkata Police charged Chatterjee with culpable homicide not amounting to murder. On April 29, Sonika was declared dead on arrival at a private hospital while Vikram was injured after the luxury sedan which he was driving at high speed, jumped the pavement on Rash Behari Avenue in south Kolkata. They had been partying at several popular night spots. The incident took place at around 4 am.

Vikram was admitted to a private hospital on the Eastern Metropolitan Bypass for about a week. As a result, his blood was not tested for alcohol content immediately after the accident as required by law, authorities said.