Cops struggle to get hold of accused's car
A day before 30-year-old businessman Sushil Kothari’s remand ended, the police were struggling to cover the ground on which they were granted his custody in the Marine Drive hit-and-run case. HT reports.mumbai Updated: Sep 04, 2010 02:36 IST
A day before 30-year-old businessman Sushil Kothari’s remand ended, the police were struggling to cover the ground on which they were granted his custody in the Marine Drive hit-and-run case.
The Marine Drive police had told the court on Thursday that they wanted Kothari’s custody because they need to recover the Honda Accord he was driving on Wednesday when he hit a two-wheeler, killing the pillion. Until Friday evening, however, the police were unable to get permission to get the car from Malabar Hill police station.
The Marine Drive police said they needed permissions from the Esplanade court and the Girgaum court to get the car from the Malabar Hill police who had seized it after it crashed into four vehicles near Walkeshwar on the night of the accident.
“We have permission from the Esplanade court and will approach the Girgaum court on Saturday,” said an officer from the Marine Drive police station. “Since the case fell in the jurisdiction of two police stations and the accused was presented before two separate courts, it became difficult for us to get the car.”
The police said Regional Transport Office (RTO) experts will examine the car and the smashed two-wheeler and submit a report based on which investigations will progress.
“It is difficult to know the speed of the car. We usually examine marks left behind by skidding tyres but because of the monsoon any such marks may have been washed away,” said an officer investigating the case. “The air bag inflates only when a car is speeding beyond 100 kmph. In this case too, circumstantial evidence, the impact of the collision on the other cars and the mangled two-wheeler establish that Kothari was driving over 100 kmph.”
Action against cop
A senior police officer said the department would take action against the police inspector who had told the court that granting bail to Kothari would lead to communal tension because the victim and the accused belong to different communities.