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Drunk driving case: Trial of US national begins

Last Updated: Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 00:05

Mumbai: The trial in the drunken driving case involving Indian-origin US national Nooriya Haveliwala commenced Wednesday in a special court, where four policemen
identified her as the woman driving the vehicle that killed two persons and injured four others in 2010.

The 29-year-old beautician, who was also under the
influence of drugs, is accused of ramming her SUV (Honda CRV)
into six persons, killing two of them - Police Sub-Inspector
Dinanath Shinde (46) and biker Afzal Ibrahim (35).

The accident took place in south Mumbai on the
intervening night of January 29-30, 2010 when police were
conducting a drive against drunken driving.

Haveliwala was arrested and booked under Section 304
(culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of IPC, Motor
Vehicles Act and Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances
Act (NDPS). She was later released on bail.

Charges were framed against her in the Special NDPS
Court in December last year. Haveliwala, dressed in a blue and
green salwar kurta, attended the court proceedings today.

"Four witnesses identified Haveliwala in the court as the
one who was driving the vehicle involved in the accident,"
public prosecutor Kiran Raika said.

The medical officers, who treated the injured, and the
doctors, who conducted the postmortem of the two bodies,
would be examined during the next date of hearing fixed on
March 21, Raika said.


First Published: Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 00:05

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