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Shaji Purushothaman.
Shaji Purushothaman.

Shaji’s application for anticipatory bail rejected

With yet another arrest in the Mercedes speeding case, evidence that the main suspect Shaji Purushothaman was at the wheel is mounting.

According to the police, all the three arrested so far – ‘Kutdirai’ Kumar, Anwar and Anil – have confessed that Shaji drove the car under the influence of alcohol.

In another development, the Madras High Court dismissed Shaji’s anticipatory bail application, filed to prevent arrest in the case.

In the order, Justice C. T. Selvam said the offences alleged were grave. Already, a boy had died in the accident and another child was in a critical condition. In view of this, it was not a fit case for granting anticipatory bail, he said.

In the early hours of May 23, the Mercedes, allegedly driven by Shaji, crashed into people sleeping on the pavement in Egmore, killing one boy and injuring two other children.

Police on Thursday detained Anil Rao, a day after Anwar, another passenger in the car that night, was nabbed. Both Anil and Anwar are connected with the film industry.

“Anil has confessed that Shaji drove the car. Anwar and Anil had advised Shaji against driving the vehicle in a drunken state. But Shaji had told them that he was a rich guy and would do as he pleased,” said a senior police officer.

In police custody for two days, ‘Kutdirai’ Kumar is also believed to have stated that Shaji was in the driver’s seat when the accident occurred.

Kumar has admitted to an inability to drive a car properly, despite holding a driver’s licence.

According to investigators, Kumar was an auto driver before he picked up some car driving skills. On Thursday, Kumar was clueless during a driving test he was subjected to: he was put in the driver’s seat of a variant of the Mercedes that was involved in the accident.

As regards the anticipatory bail petition filed by Shaji’s father M. P. Purushothaman, because the car involved in the accident belonged to his company, Justice Selvam ordered that the petitioner may appear before the traffic investigation police on June 6 at 11 a.m.

He may have an advocate with him. The judge made it clear that the advocate should in no manner interfere with the conduct of the investigating agency’s duties.

We all can write and put our views in Hindu just as a way of vetting our anger against these kind of appalling things happening in our country. But at the end of the day, it's a hit and run case. Police failed to even get the drunken certificate on that day when he was arrested.There were so many lapses from the police side. I am sure in our great democracy after few years of trial, all the people including the parents of those unfortunate children would be bribed and the case will collapse.I hope atleast my grandchildren will enjoy a real democracy and impartial judicial system in India.

from:  R.Manivarmane
Posted on: Jun 1, 2013 at 21:18 IST

In our country the rich can twist the law round their little fingers Nothing worthwhile is going to happen after all the investigation as big fry and not small fish are involved. When the rich can get away with murder what is a hit and run case, especially when someone from the lowest strata has been killed God save our country from the affluent class.

from:  C V Aravind
Posted on: Jun 1, 2013 at 06:22 IST

All sensation shall die over a period of 7 to 15 days. The rich father and father-in-law shall
not leave their kid/son in law in lurch. After all we live in India where any thing and every
thing is possible.

from:  Ramesh
Posted on: May 31, 2013 at 22:22 IST

READERS QUESTIONS GALORE:
3 witness who were within the car confess Shaji as driver; still he is suspect.
SHaji is proud of being rich guy! Does he mean he can bribe or beat or bake the police, lawyer, judiciary above all?
Anil and Anwar are bold in travelling with a drunken driver .. How many dare to feel safe?
Where is the external witness Rajesh in the court??
Kudirai Kumar confess he was driving ; now he confess not driving ;
He was Vyasarpadi resident as investigated; now he is Andhra citizen - Whats happening? Confused?
He was trapped in driving test - If he was worthless driver how can he hold a car license??
The suspect family can buy 10 such merc. Are they really here to rescue the car, leaving suspect alone?
LAST but not least - Salute to the judge for the bold verdict .. however the victim must be immediately taken care/compensated!

from:  Shreeram Iyer
Posted on: May 31, 2013 at 16:56 IST

Hats off to The Hindu for not giving up on the case but meticulously reporting about the developments in the same on a daily basis thus proving to be a champion for the rights of the downtrodden. May God bless Team Hindu.

from:  Preetha Ravichandran
Posted on: May 31, 2013 at 16:06 IST

another aspect to pick is the RTO office which issued car drivers
license to Kumar. How can he hold a car drivers license without knowing
how to drive one.

from:  Jai
Posted on: May 31, 2013 at 15:21 IST

good investigations by Hindu, KEEP IT UP , all the 3 drunken, the culprit should be punished not just an another eyewasher

from:  RAMG
Posted on: May 31, 2013 at 12:50 IST

Sad to see comment about asking corporators /corporation to stop poor
from sleeping on the road - they are sleeping there out of compulsion
not out of choice ... and someone trying to give a linguistic twist.
This is basically about social /class division not this language Vs that
language. Rich can get away wherever they are and over the years, the
'high society' has become so insensitive and arrogant to the less
privileged. They think laws don't apply to them

from:  Mahadevan
Posted on: May 31, 2013 at 12:46 IST

Those who are complaining about sleeping on paveway should make room for these people who have no other places to sleep/go in their home. Otherwise they should stop acting like Russian Tsar's wife.

from:  Anand
Posted on: May 31, 2013 at 12:24 IST

Can court not file a suo moto complaint against the traffic police and the local Corporator/MLA for allowing people to sleep on the pavements? Why is this angle always neglected?

from:  Prasad
Posted on: May 31, 2013 at 11:13 IST

The Hindu has done are great job by following this investigation. Most of news channels just put or create news to increase their ratings. But you did as social service for getting rights to the common poor people who were severely affected. Kudos The Hindu !!

from:  Nandakumar
Posted on: May 31, 2013 at 10:51 IST

The Hindu is proving itself to be the solid 4th pillar of democracy.
Good job follow till the end.

from:  Shailesh
Posted on: May 31, 2013 at 10:41 IST

Just imagine a Tamil industrialist family has done such thing in kerala/
elsewhere the police on their own would 've nabbed the rich culprit soon but alas TN police is not able to discharge its duties on their own
but wantonly delaying the arrest due to political/money pressure.

from:  ramachandrasekaran
Posted on: May 31, 2013 at 10:41 IST

This case is a good example of "As you Sow, So you reap". Father produces alcohol
and the son drinks and damages (himself and third-parties)!
Dear all rich Dad's, teach your kids the value of money, ethics, hard-work, otherwise
your empire will be lost in no time!

from:  Venkat
Posted on: May 31, 2013 at 09:20 IST

It is only when high profile rich people are given model punishments faith in judiciary is maintained. Credibility is eroded when we see Salman Khan still flexing his muscle after commiting a similar offence many years ago. I dont expect anything different to happen in this case too.

from:  Ayyappa
Posted on: May 31, 2013 at 07:22 IST

This kind of totally irresponsible rich persons are threat to developing country like India & definetly deserves imprisonment.

I think in India punishment for drunk and driving along with hit and run cause to fatal damage is less punishable offense than anyother developed country.

In some of southeast asian countries the offender may face upto 10 years in prison, fine 500000 inr, revoke of license for 5 years.

Also finally apart from all punishment it is Responsibility !!!!!

from:  Anees
Posted on: May 31, 2013 at 06:32 IST

Why do the police allow people to sleep on pavements.OK - This accident happened because of the arrogance to the rich man,but could heve been limited to only some damages to the car and pavement.Every where people are seen sleeping on the pavements and the police does nothing about that.Now we have an unfortunate accident and a life lost.Police here are not very srtict in their actions.Be it this case,any other traffic case,or any other crime,police should be firm in their actions.No mercy to anyone be it rich or poor.Police should be able to give a sense of discipline everywhere.

from:  James
Posted on: May 31, 2013 at 05:44 IST

This should be a lesson to all those rich & irresponsible kids out there. Great work by The Hindu in following up this story & bringing to light the messy lives of the rich kids & their blatant attempts to buy their way through the laws of the land.

from:  Rengarajan
Posted on: May 31, 2013 at 03:27 IST

Indeed, thanks to The Hindu for reporting on this case. I can't imagine
the anguish of the parents that lost their son and the child that is
critically injured. The guilty should undergo lawful punishment for this
crime.

from:  Senthil
Posted on: May 31, 2013 at 02:51 IST

The Hindu, Thanks for following up on this matter and positing updates. He may be rich. So what??! There are innocent lives involved here!

from:  Magesh
Posted on: May 31, 2013 at 02:11 IST
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