Thirty-year-old South Mumbai businessmen Sushil Kothari, who smashed his Honda Accord into a two-wheeler, killing the pillion and injuring the rider at Marine Drive on Wednesday, will have to spend more time behind bars.
The Esplanade metropolitan magistrate court on Saturday rejected Kothari’s bail plea and remanded him into judicial custody until September 17, saying the investigation was in progress.
Kothari applied for bail saying a major portion of the investigation has been completed and the police do not require his custody.
“It was an unfortunate incident and Kothari neither had the intention to kill nor knowledge of the incident,” his lawyers, Satish Maneshinde and Sanjog Parab, argued.
The Marine Drive police opposed the bail plea saying the metropolitan magistrate’s court did not have the authority to decide on Kothari’ bail.
The court also rejected the Marine Drive police’s application seeking extension of Kothari’s police custody.
The police’s had said they wanted to record statements of witnesses and were awaiting Kothari’s medical reports.
The police also said they wanted to find about an unknown person, who was also present with Kothari that night, at whose behest alcohol was served.
Abdul Rehman Shaikh (52) and Haji Zulfikar Mohammed Qureshi (48) and were on their Honda Activa scooter when an allegedly drunk Kothari smashed his car into their vehicle, killing Qureshi.
Kothari then sped towards Walkeshwar, crashing into four cars along the way, before he was intercepted by the Malabar Hill police.
Advocate Farhana Shah, who was representing the injured victim and the family of the deceased, also filed an application opposing bail for Kothari.
Shah’s application said if Kothari is released on bail, he may hamper the investigation and try to influence the witnesses.
Her application also alleged that Kothari had lied that it was raining heavily when the accident occurred.
“If that was so, the blood stains would have been washed away,” Shah’s application said.