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Drink-driving case: RCF police file chargesheet against Janhavi Gadkar

A part of the 560-page chargesheet was submitted, which comprises 107 witness statements, of which 57 have been mentioned.

mumbai Updated: Aug 10, 2015 21:24 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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The RCF police filed a chargesheet in the June 9 Eastern Freeway accident case involving high court advocate Janhavi Gadkar on Monday. The 35-year-old was drunk and driving her Audi Q3 on the wrong side when she crashed into a taxi, killing two people.

A part of the 560-page chargesheet was submitted, which comprises 107 witness statements, of which 57 have been mentioned.

The defence though has demanded the entire chargesheet, including the map of the road and other documents, which they said have not been submitted. Magistrate Richa Khedkar has asked the defence to submit an application in this regard.

The chargesheet comprises a recent Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) report. "The scrape test of the two vehicles has found the red colour from the Audi on the taxi, confirming collision,” said a police officer from the RCF police station.

The witness statements also include the accounts of the 14 witnesses recorded in front of a metropolitan magistrate under section 164 of the CrPC (Code of Criminal Procedure). This has been done to avoid the possibility of witnesses retracting their statements.

Rahul Datta, a Reliance Industries Ltd employee, is among those whose statements have been recorded. He went to Marine Plaza with Gadkar after which she headed for Irish House before the accident.

Gadkar, her left hand still plastered, was present at the metropolitan magistrate court in Kurla with her mother on Monday. Dressed in a maroon kurta, she sat quietly waiting for her case to come up. She did not speak to the media and was whisked away from the courtroom by her lawyers after the chargesheet was filed.

The Sabuwalas have demanded the case be fast-tracked. “We don’t understand how she (Gadkar) secured bail. We are happy with the investigations and want the case fast-tracked so that justice is served,” said Faizal Qadri, nephew of deceased Salim Sabuwala.

The police claim to have made a water-tight case. “We have ample evidence and have presented the case details in a way that we can expect maximum punishment. The alcohol content found in her blood was four times high, which proves she was heavily drunk,” said Sangramsinh Nishandar, deputy commissioner of police, zone 6.

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First Published: Aug 10, 2015 21:17 IST