Paramdeep Sandhu, 41, accused in the drink driving accident at Lokhandwala that left a 33-year-old vendor injured, was released on bail after being produced in court on Tuesday. Sandhu, who was charged with assaulting policemen, told the court they beat him up instead.
His attitude, the police said, still reflected arrogance. “When he was brought to the police station on Monday, he shouted saying he was the son of a former Punjab IG and we could not arrest him. On Tuesday, his attitude was no better,” said senior inspector Nandkumar Mhetar.
On Monday, the court had remanded Sandhu to jail custody for a day, following which his medical exam was conducted. On Tuesday he was released on bail of Rs15,000, the police said.
Mhetar said the court recorded Sandhu’s statement on Monday where he alleged that the policemen manhandled him. The court will order an inquiry into the allegations after the police submit a report on the matter. “Since he was never given police custody, we have been unable to interrogate Sandhu. We are recording the statements of witnesses,” said Mhetar.
Besides, the police said, the vehicle that Sandhu was driving, was found to be in the name of Shyam Puri. Sandhu claimed he owned the vehicle. “An RTO inspection of the vehicle was conducted on Tuesday, a report of which should arrive by Thursday. We will also inquire with the Punjab RTO about the owner as its registration number indicated it was from there,” said Mhetar.
The police are also verifying the residential address submitted by the accused and his claim that he owns a production house.
Meanwhile, Abdul Aziz, a 32-year-old broadcast journalist who caught Sandhu when he fled after the accident, said he saw the accused assaulting the police.
Aziz said Sandhu, who was in the vehicle with a 31-year-old female friend, hit a cyclist, Ramprakash Singh, from behind and fled. Aziz followed Sandhu in his car. When Sandhu was stopped at a nakabandi in Four Bungalows, Aziz told the police about the incident.
“An inspector came inquire what the chaos was about. Sandhu began assaulting him. Two constables rushed to the inspector’s rescue but they were assaulted as well, following which he was taken to the police station. There he assaulted the cops questioning him,” said Aziz.
Despite repeated attempts to contact Sandhu’s female friend, she was unavailable for comment.