Drunk driving case: Trial of US national begins

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.