The failure of the police to conduct a mandatory medical test on a driver who caused the death of his girlfriend last year, led to his acquittal on Monday. The test could have proved whether or not he was drunk at the time of the accident.
Viral Goradia, 27, an Indian-origin American student had been booked and arrested by the Kherwadi police after he crashed his vehicle into a divider at the Kherwadi junction on December 30 last year. His girlfriend Dhwani Chhedha, a fashion designer, died in the mishap. Goradia had been booked under penal provisions for rash driving and causing death by negligence. He was also booked under provisions of the Motor Vehicles Act for drunken driving. There were no eyewitnesses to the accident.
The prosecution had maintained all along that Goradia had been driving drunk. His advocate Prasant Pansare, however, maintained that Goradia had been falsely implicated in the case.
Pansare contended that on the night of December 30, Goradia’s car was hit by another car. Because of this Goradia lost control of the car and crashed it into a road divider, Pansare said.
Pansare said the prosecution had no evidence to prove that Goradia was drunk. There was no medical test done and the prosecution relied only on the statement of the police officer, who is also the complainant.
After hearing the case and witnesses the magistrate court acquitted Goradia observing that the prosecution could not prove Goradia’s guilt.
The case was expedited as Goradia, who had been topper in his college in New York, could not pursue his studies.