Baner Road accident: Non-bailable offence slapped against Shroff

The accident had taken place on Monday afternoon

By: Express News Service | Pune | Updated: April 20, 2017 1:23 am
Baner Road accident, Sujata Shroff, Pune Baner Road accident, Pune Accident, Indian Express, Indian Express News Sujata Shroff (left) was earlier booked for rash driving and causing death due to negligence. She was arrested on Tuesday morning and was released on bail.

TWO days after a car mowed down five persons standing on a median on Baner Road, killing two of them and critically injuring three others, police have slapped the driver, Sujata Shroff, with non-bailable offence of culpable homicide not amounting to murder and have sought cancellation of her bail.

Police had earlier booked her for rash driving and causing death due to negligence. The accident had taken place on Monday afternoon when the car driven by Shroff spun out of her control and strayed on the divider on Baner Road near Baner Phata. The horrific accident, which was captured on a CCTV camera installed on the roadside, had happened when five persons who had got down from a rickshaw were standing on the road median for crossing the road.

Isha Vishwakarma (3) had died minutes after the accident. Her mother, Pooja (25), succumbed to injuries later. Three others — Sajid Shaikh (4), Shaijad Shaikh (30) and Nisha Shaikh (25) — are currently being treated for multiple fractures and severe injuries.

Senior inspector Dayanand Dhome of Chaturshringi Police station said, “In the light of a statement from one of the injured persons, we have invoked the Indian Penal Code section 304 for culpable homicide not amounting to murder, which is a non-bailable offence and has higher punishment than section 304A, which is for causing death due to negligence. On Thursday, the investigating officer of the case filed an application before the court that her bail be rejected and we be allowed to arrest her again.”

Shroff, who had claimed after the accident that she felt dizzy and was admitted to hospital, was arrested on Tuesday morning and was released on bail in the afternoon because of the bailable nature of the offences invoked against her.

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  1. K
    Apr 20, 2017 at 4:09 pm
    It is surprising that the driver Sujata Shroff has got bail within hours of the arrest warrant even after the death of 2 victims, and 3 others severely injured and all this is captured on CCTV. Shame on our legal system
    1. A
      Apr 20, 2017 at 1:24 pm
      Finally there looks to be a ray of hope and still our faith in law and order is not lost. We need speedy justice as if this case gets dragged on for longer the lawyers will change the scenario of the case in due time and I am sure we don't have ANYONE like "JOLLY LLB PART1 " pla by Arshad Warsi in real life. God give strength to the family members who have suffered and RIP for the little baby and her mother. Only Strict punishment for the Errant drivers will bring justice to the ones who have lost their lives and trust in our law for the ones like us who will be crossing the roads daily.
      1. R
        Apr 20, 2017 at 8:49 am
        Finally, police woke up. Shame on Sujata for initially getting away on bail (after crushing and killing kid and her Mom). May the innocent kid and her Mom's soul RIP. Shroff people already in hospital, to help the victims (to hush up).
        1. K
          Apr 20, 2017 at 8:18 pm
          why shame on SujataBen for getting bail? If your law enforcement and legal system allows it, why blame the poor builder's wife?
          1. R
            Apr 21, 2017 at 8:34 am
            'Poor Builder's Wife' are u kidding me? there is a thing called integrity. Which u also don't seem to get it. Imagine standing your kid on the divider, and then posting such comments, hiding behind the veil of 'knowTheTruth' and not even having courage to put real name.
            1. S
              Siraj Shaikh
              Apr 21, 2017 at 11:51 am
              poor builder? Aren't you contradicting yourself? He is either poor or is a builder. Cant be both. So knowthetruth, please tell the truth.
              1. P
                Apr 26, 2017 at 4:04 pm
                Poor????? Due to her rash and losing control on driving 2 people lost there lives and remaining 3 are going through severe pain. Felt dizzy not acceptable in full ac car this can hardly happen and L were written on car if you are learning then you should not drive with 120 speed. Can't predict what shroff felt while driving really dizzy or lost control but justice is justice. The people were died 1 of mistake still they lost there lives, so there should be justice to there death. May the innocent kid and her Mom's soul RIP