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Accused in fatal accident files plea against homicide charge

The accident had taken place on Sion Panvel Highway near a police chowky at Mankhurd on November 1 last year

Published: August 18, 2013 12:32:55 am

Booked for culpable homicide not amounting to murder,Aarti Shetty (32),whose BMW car had hit an auto-rickshaw leaving a woman dead and three others injured,has filed a discharge application in the sessions court.

The accident had taken place on Sion Panvel Highway near a police chowky at Mankhurd on November 1 last year.

Shetty,wife of a businessman from Chembur,has argued that no case is made out against her under Section 304 II of the IPC that deals with the charge of culpable homicide. The maximum punishment under the section is imprisonment of 10 years. Police had initially booked Shetty under Section 304 (A) (causing death by negligence),but she was released on bail.

Later,Sayyad Ali Raza (22),the son of the victim Mubin Zahira Sayyed (35),moved Bombay High Court seeking enhancement of the charges to Section 304-II. Ali’s father and brother were among those injured in the accident. On February 9,Mankhurd police added the more stringent charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder on Shetty.

Police said Shetty had attempted to flee after the accident,but lost control of her car and hit a parked road-roller.

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