Bombay high court advocate Janhavi Gadkar will be in police custody till June 12, as investigations continue into the accident she caused after driving her Audi drunk on Tuesday morning.
Two people, including the driver of the taxi Gadkar crashed into, were killed, and four others were injured in the accident.
A magistrate’s court remanded the 35-year-old advocate in police custody, after public prosecutor Prahlad Mahajan told the court the police wanted to gather more evidence.
Dressed in a salwar kameez, her face covered with a dupatta, Gadkar was seen weeping when she was brought to the Kurla court around 1.30pm. Her left hand was plastered and bruises on her face were visible. Her advocates and friends spoke to her, but Gadkar was finding it hard to speak.
“We have booked her under the charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder, along with some other charges. We need to gather more evidence, for which her presence and custodial interrogation is needed,” Mahajan said.
Mahajan said the police had made substantial progress in a day, by recording the statement of the people from the hotel Gadkar had gone to. “But, the statement of eye witnesses and the colleagues who were with Gadkar are yet to be recorded,” he said, adding that Gadkar may tamper with the evidence if she is granted bail.
The police said in their application, “We have to record the statement of her co-workers about the incident. If she is granted bail or released, there may be pressure on those colleagues.”
Mahajan also pointed out that after her arrest on Tuesday, much of the time had gone in medical procedures, as the accused had sustained severe injuries.
1) Gadkar and two of her colleagues went to hotel Marine Plaza on Monday night to celebrate a project their company got. They consmed alcohol there. 2) Around 10pm, they left the hotel. Gadkar stopped at a spot on Marine Drive and sat inside her car. At 12:30am, she started driving home again. 3) On entering the Eastern Freeway, Gadkar travelled on the wrong side of the road for almost 10kms and her Audi collided head-on with the taxi.
Gadkar’s advocate Mahesh Subnis objected to the remand application. He said to gather evidence, custodial interrogation was not needed.
“She has sustained serious injuries, several of them internal injuries and requires urgent medical attention,” he said.
But the police said the medical report makes no mention of internal injuries, but assured the court that Gadkar will get the necessary medical aid while in custody.
The magistrate struck down the Gadkar’s plea, saying they had not produced medical certificate for the accused. “The police have made a sufficient ground against the accused to seek police custody.” The court has also asked the police to take her for a medical check.
The impact of the crash so severe that the entire front of the taxi was crushed. Salim Sabuwala and his family were out to celebrate their son Noman securing a 90% in the SSC examination when Janhavi Gadkar's Audi Q3 slammed into their taxi, killing the businessman and the driver. Four others were injured, including Sabuwala's wife Hafeeza and his daughters. (Kunal Patil/HT Photo)