Court refuses to grant bail to businessman in hit and run case

A magistrate rejects the bail plea of a businessman arrested for ramming his car into two vehicles, under the influence of alcohol and killing one.

Mumbai: A magistrate today rejected the bail plea of a businessman arrested on charges of ramming his car into two vehicles allegedly under the influence of alcohol, killing one person and injuring another.

The court remanded him to police custody till September 17, saying that investigations were in progress and the offence was serious.
Sushil Kothari (30), who is into construction business, was arrested on September 1 after he rammed his car first into a scooter at Marine Drive killing the rider and injuring the pillion rider and subsequently hitting another four-wheeler at Malabar Hill in south Mumbai.

Kothari`s lawyer Satish Maneshinde argued that probe was over and the incident was unfortunate. He said the accused had no knowledge or intention to kill the victim and appealed the court to grant him bail on any condition it may deem fit.
The prosecution, however, opposed his bail plea saying the court of a Magistrate had no powers to grant him liberty and argued the case was triable by a sessions court which alone could decide on giving him bail.

Kothari had tested positive for alcohol intake in the medical report. While he was booked for rash and negligent driving in the Malabar Hill case, he has been charged with culpable homicide in the case registered by the Marine Drive police.

A local court, on September 1, had granted him bail on a
bond of Rs 5000 in the Malabar Hill case. In the other case,
he was refused bail.