Sonika Chauhan car crash: Bikram Chatterjee admits to drinking but ‘not too much’
His confession is in sharp contrast to his claim at a press conference on May 6 that he had not consumed alcohol.kolkata Updated: May 10, 2017 13:47 IST
Bengali TV actor Bikram Chatterjee, who was driving the car that met with an accident and killed model Sonika Chauhan, admitted that he had consumed alcohol, but was “not drunk enough to lose control”, during questioning by the police.
His confession was in sharp contrast to his claim at a press conference on May 6 that he had not consumed alcohol.
He had also told the police that he was not over-speeding, and was driving at about 60 kph.
Police officers, however, wondered how a car could cause so much impact at a moderate speed, and how Chatterjee could lose control if he was not drunk as he claimed, and summoned him for questioning again on Wednesday afternoon.
The accident had happened around 3:30 am on April 29 when Bikram (29) and Sonika were returning from a late night party. The car veered out of control, and hit a pavement. Sonika (27) was rushed to a hospital about six km away where she was declared dead.
Bikram was summoned to Tollygunge police station late on Tuesday night and questioned past midnight.
The Bengali TV serial and film industry are split over the incident, with a number of people questioning the apparently callous attitude of the police towards the investigation.
The actor’s blood samples were taken nine days after the incident and many questioned whether it would reveal anything at all.
Police sources said they are waiting for the blood sample report.
The police have so far taken the statements of 18 people. Cops are now trying to find out who all attended the party where the duo went.
As the news spread on the morning of April 30, minister Aroop Biswas rushed to the hospital, raising questions as to whether that restrained the police from carrying out investigation normally.
Some have also questioned as to why Chatterjee and Chauhan were taken to a private hospital six km away from the accident site on Rashbehari Avenue when there were other hospitals closer.
Sonika’s family have lodged a police complaint against Bikram, whose father earlier alleged the airbags of the Toyota sedan did not open on impact.
First Published: May 10, 2017 13:44 IST