The corporate lawyer—who drove her Audi Q3 on the wrong side of the road and rammed into a taxi carrying five passengers in Mumbai late on Monday night killing two people — had six times the permissible limit of alcohol in her blood, according to her blood report.
The report says that Janhavi Ajit Gadkar had around 200mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood, which is way over the permissible limit of 30mg per 100 ml. “This will effectively strengthen our case against her,” said a senior police officer, requesting anonymity.
The corporate lawyer with Reliance Industries Limited drove after an evening of heavy drinking with friends in South Mumbai on Monday and was headed to her Chembur home when she got on to the wrong side of the road on the Eastern Freeway and crashed into the taxi driven by Mohammed Sayyed, 57, who died on the spot. The freeway connects the eastern suburbs of Greater Mumbai to South Mumbai.
Sayyed was ferrying the five-member Sabuwala family returning home from Bhiwandi. Businessman Salim Sabuwala, 50, was taken to Sion Hospital where he succumbed to injuries. His wife Hafeeza, daughters Sadiya and Salma, and son Noman suffered injuries. They had gone to a Bhiwandi hotel to celebrate Noman’s SSC results announced on Monday.
The impact of the crash was such that the front portion of the taxi was crushed.
“We want justice and the strictest punishment for her. Her passport should be seized so that she does not flee the country,” said Noman. Sayyed’s daughter Nilofar Shafi Syed, 30, said that the crash was no accident but murder.
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