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The Regional Transport Office at Wadala has revoked the motor driving licence of advocate Janhavi Gadkar, involved in a “drink-driving” case that left two persons dead in June this year. The cancellation of licence means she will be under a lifetime ban to drive any vehicle. Gadkar can now only appeal to the state’s transport minister against the ban.
“We cancelled Gadkar’s licence last evening. She replied to our notice and we have informed her through a letter that we are revoking her licence and that she is a reckless and dangerous driver because of which two people were killed and several were injured,” said B I Ajri, Mumbai’s central region in-charge of the RTO.
On June 10, Gadkar, who was driving her Audi car allegedly under the influence of alcohol and on the wrong side of the road, had a head-on collision with a taxi on the Eastern Freeway, in which two persons lost their lives.
Ajri said the Wadala RTO had sent a show-cause notice to Gadkar after the latter got bail in the case. She had reportedly requested time to respond.
“Gadkar sent us her response by post. The reply was handwritten on a plain white paper with no letterhead. Gadkar, in her reply, claimed that the matter was sub judice. She wrote that the allegations levied against her had not been proven and requested us to withdraw our notice,” Ajri said.
Senior RTO officials, however, informed Gadkar that there was enough forensic evidence to back up their claim.Gadkar’s driving licence showed it was due to expire in March 2018.
“Since Gadkar earlier lived in South Mumbai, the Tardeo RTO had issued her driver’s licence but because she later shifted to Chembur, the area falls under our jurisdiction and we are the RTO concerned dealing with her licence,” said an RTO official.