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Mumbai Audi Crash: Alcohol in Janhavi Gadkar’s blood well above permissible limit

Marine Plaza hotel Monday night. The alcohol tested in her blood was 200 mg, the police said.

eastern freeway accident, mumbai eastern freeway accident, mumbai car accident, mumbai accident, audi accident, lawyer car accident, mumbai lawyer car accident, mumbai lawyer car crash, drunk driving, mumbai police, mumbai news, india news The Audi Q3 that the accused drove, at Chembur police station. (Source: Express Photo by Kevin DSouza)

The blood report of Janhavi Gadkar received by investigators Thursday said the alcohol content was more than the permissible limit.

“The blood report states that the alcohol content is much more than the permissible limit, almost four times. This will only strengthen our case against her,” a senior police officer told The Indian Express.

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The legal limit of blood alcohol content (BAC) or blood alcohol concentration is 0.03%. Gadkar, vice-president (legal) at Reliance Industries, allegedly had six pegs of whiskey at the

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Marine Plaza hotel Monday night. The alcohol tested in her blood was 200 mg, the police said.

eastern freeway accident, mumbai eastern freeway accident, mumbai car accident, mumbai accident, audi accident, lawyer car accident, mumbai lawyer car accident, mumbai lawyer car crash, drunk driving, mumbai police, mumbai news, india news Gadkar helped the police reconstruct the sequence of events leading to the crash. (Source: Express Photo by Kevin DSouza)

Gadkar was allegedly speeding at 120 kmph in her Audi Q3 and lightly scraped two cars before colliding with a taxi, killing the driver and a passenger. Gadkar survived mostly unhurt as the Audi’s airbags opened, leaving her with a few bruises.

Meanwhile, Gadkar has helped the police reconstruct the sequence of events leading to the crash. “We have ascertained that she started on the right side of the Eastern Freeway. It was only when she reached Wadala that she felt that she was not going the right way and took a u-turn. A few metres later, she brushed against two cars and then took another u-turn. She was now going in the wrong direction on the same carriageway,” an officer said.

“The reconstruction was done with the help of two witnesses,” added the officer.

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Investigators have also established that Gadkar, after leaving Marine Plaza Hotel, walked alone on Marine Drive promenade and sat there for a while talking to a colleague on her mobile phone. “She had a very long conversation with the colleague, lasting over an hour. It does not look like she was trying to sober up, she was talking to a friend,” added the officer.

Gadkar then met the friend and the two went to The Irish House pub in Fort. The police are now ascertaining if she drank at the pub too.

The police now plan to record the statement of this colleague, who is a senior executive with Reliance.

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“While her colleague Rahul Datta was with her at the Marine Plaza hotel throughout, another friend, Shailendra Rane, had left early,” said an officer. So far the police have recorded the statements of friends who partied with her at the hotel, the staff at Marine Plaza who took the order and presented the bill and two eyewitnesses at the site of the accident.

Meanwhile, Gadkar was taken to a state-run hospital Thursday morning for routine medical test. At the hospital’s OPD, dressed in a white salwar-kameez, Janhavi covered her face with a pink dupatta and quietly followed the directives given by the constables escorting her. Three women constables and one male officer escorted her.

rashmi.rajput@expressindia.com

First published on: 12-06-2015 at 02:54 IST
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