Two weeks after being arrested for allegedly crashing into a bike in his car on Marine Drive and killing the pillion rider, 30-year-old businessman Sushil Kothari got bail on Tuesday.
The Walkeshwar resident was granted bail on a bond of Rs 15,000.
In his bail application filed in sessions court, Kothari’s advocates, Sanjog Parab and Satish Maneshinde, pointed out that he should get bail as investigation in the case had been completed. The businessman approached the sessions court after the magistrate rejected his bail.
Kothari’s advocates also argued that the biker had crashed into Kothari’s car and not the other way round, as reported. Both the Marine Drive and Malabar Hill police stations registered cases against Kothari after he allegedly knocked down a biker and his pillion rider at 1.30 am on September 1, and continued speeding until his Honda Activa crashed into four parked cars at Malabar Hill.
While the businessman had got bail for the rash driving case, he had yet to get it in the case registered at Marine Drive police station, which is culpable homicide not amounting to murder, punishable with 10 years of imprisonment.
Outside Arthur Road jail, seven men, all dressed in white shirts and black trousers, waited for Kothari to step out after paying bail.
The realty businessman was allowed to go an hour after jail authorities got the bail order. A 6.30 pm, dressed in a yellow T-shirt and beige trousers, Kothari exited the jail.
The seven men helped him hurry to the car waiting for him at the gate, avoiding the cameras and journalists. When asked about the incident, he covered his face and bent down until the car sped out of the jail premises.