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Businessman held for drink driving gets bail

A day after a 56-year-old businessman was arrested for allegedly driving drunk and injuring a civic sweeper at Juhu, he was released on bail.

mumbai Updated: Sep 22, 2010 01:02 IST
HT Correspondent

A day after a 56-year-old businessman was arrested for allegedly driving drunk and injuring a civic sweeper at Juhu, he was released on bail.

Khemji Solankhe (22), who suffered injuries on his left leg, was admitted to RN Cooper Hospital. His leg had to be amputated. On Monday, at 8.30pm, Paresh Walia, who runs an import-export business, left his Santacruz office at 8.30pm and was driving to his JVPD Scheme home in his Skoda. One of his employees was with him in the car.

Walia lost control of his car and hit Solankhe, who was walking along AB Nair Road, the police said.

Walia drove for a few yards before hitting a lamppost and finally crashing into the compound wall of a bungalow. Within minutes, a huge mob gathered at the spot and the police had to control the crowd to prevent any law and order situation.

“Some witnesses said Walia was talking on the mobile phone, while others said he was driving under the influence of alcohol,” said Deepak Katkade, senior police inspector of the Juhu police station

“Though we have booked him for drink driving, we are waiting for the reports to confirm it,” he added.

Walia has been booked for rash and negligent driving and causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others of the Indian Penal Code. He has also been charged under the relevant sections of the Motor Vehicle Act and Property Act.

Walia’s family has decided to pay the medical expenses borne by Solankhe.