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Drunk driving: Woman lawyer charged with culpable homicide



Police here on Monday filed a voluminous charge sheet, invoking the dreaded charge of 'culpable homicide not amounting to murder' against 35-year-old corporate lawyer Jahnvi Gadkar, who was arrested on June 10 for drunk driving and killing two people.

Running into around 560 pages, the charge sheet includes statements of 57 witnesses, besides the 14 witnesses whose statements have already been recorded by a court.

Filed before the Kurla metropolitan magistrate's court, the charge sheet also contains Gadkar's medical reports, autopsy reports of the victims, forensic reports, CCTV footage details, statements of doctors and her friends, besides other evidence.

Among others, Gadkar has been charged under Indian Penal Code section 304 II (culpable homicide not amounting to murder, attracting a maximum punishment of 10 years in jail -- the same section slapped on Bollywood actor Salman Khan for which he was sentenced to five years in prison -- plus other sections of the Motor Vehicles Act.

Gadkar, who was released on bail on August 5 by the Mumbai Sessions Court, was present in the court on Monday.

In the early morning of June 10, Gadkar's speeding car, on the wrong side of the Mumbai Eastern Freeway, rammed into a taxi killing its driver Mohammed A. Sayyed and his passenger Mohammed S. Sabuwala, and injuring four other people.

The ill-fated cab was coming from Bhiwandi in adjoining Thane district.

Among the injured members of the Sabuwala family were wife Hafiza, 40, daughter Salma, 22, Sadia, 20 and son Noman, 16, who were returning home after celebrating Numan's success in the SSC exams in which he scored over 90 percent marks.

Previously, two bail pleas by the corporate lawyer were rejected by the metropolitan magistrate's court after which she moved the sessions court. - IANS

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