Ad maker, who ran over two, remanded in judicial custody

  • Jayprakash S Naidu, Hindsustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Apr 06, 2016 23:54 IST

Indrajit Nattoji, who was ran over a senior citizen and his five-year-old grandson on Sunday night, was sent to judicial custody for 14 days by an Andheri magistrate court on Wednesday. The police said Nattoji had consumed wine while driving, a claim that his family has been refuted.

The Oshiwara police have, so far, recorded the statements of eye witnesses. They have also managed to collect evidence from the car and from the spot.

The 45-year-old director of Blink Pictures rammed his car into 62-year-old Bhiku Polekar and Sartak, when they were crossing the Link Road at Jogeshwari (West). Sartak’s mother Shilpa, 27, was also injured. Sartak was flung into air after the impact and fell on the windshield of the car that Nattoji was driving. His blood samples were taken within hours of the accident and have been sent to Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) for analysis. A doctor at Cooper Hospital said prima facie that Nattoji was reeking of alcohol.

Nattoji’s family and lawyer Rizwan Siddiquee, meanwhile, rubbished the allegations that Nattoji was drunk. His wife, Nandita, said,”He was not intoxicated. He has a hairline fracture in his leg and because of it is on heavy medication. We do not have an office in Bangur Nagar. It is in Oshiwara and he did not go there to drink, but had gone for a client meeting.”

Siddiquee said, “Let a fair trial happen and let us not prejudice the minds of public.”

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Nattoji’s mother, who came on a wheel chair outside the court to meet him, was accompanied by his sister. “My brother is like a father figure to me. He is a very nice man,” she said.

“He is the sole bread winner and has a six-year-old daughter. He told us he did not run away, like police claimed. He tried to help them. His mother is disabled and bed ridden. He used to take care of her and also ran the house. We are also in a tough situation and are suffering too,” said Saurabh Roy his brother-in-law.

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