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Drink-driving case: Accused Jovinson James terminated by employer

PUNE Jovinson James, accused of driving in an inebriated condition and causing the death of Ankur Khandelwal, vice-president, Credit Suisse, has been terminated by his employer ID Medical on Wednesday
By Nadeem Inamdar
PUBLISHED ON MAR 10, 2021 10:24 PM IST

PUNE Jovinson James, accused of driving in an inebriated condition and causing the death of Ankur Khandelwal, vice-president, Credit Suisse, has been terminated by his employer ID Medical on Wednesday.

Khandelwal, a resident of Kumar Primrose society in Kharadi, was killed after being hit by a car allegedly driven by James in an inebriated condition on March 7.

ID Medical tweeted, “ID Medical has been working hard to gather all facts on this matter and, following the process and based on the evidence available to us, we have terminated the impugned employee’s employment with our organisation, with immediate effect.”

DCP Zone (IV) Pankaj Deshmukh, said, “The accident took place in the intervening night between March 6 and March 7. We immediately lodged a complaint and arrested the accused in the case.”

“Earlier, the accused was booked under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) section of rash and negligent driving. The accused was granted bail by the court and after the death of the accused, we have added IPC 304 a (causing death due to negligence). We are investigating the case and will file a chargesheet in the court,” he said.

“We have received a preliminary medical report from the Sassoon hospital which states that the accused was under the influence of alcohol. His blood sample has been sent to the forensic laboratory for chemical analysis and the report is awaited, ”he said.

According to the FIR, Ankur got sandwiched between the car and a compound wall of Kumar Primrose society. A fencing wall of the housing society crashed due to the impact of the car dash. Roshni (his wife) also sustained injuries on her hand. Ankur was rushed to Columbia hospital in the car of their society’s secretary Monaksha Shah. However, he succumbed to the injuries.

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