Police on Thursday said that Shaji Purushothaman, the main suspect in the May 23 Mercedes Benz accident case, confessed that he was at the wheel when the accident took place. He also admitted that he drove the car at a speed of over 90 kph, the police claimed.
Shaji, arrested on June 13, was taken into police custody on June 19 at 4.45 p.m, just for a day. He was interrogated at the Chintadripet police station.
According to police sources, Shaji said he was taken to the Anna Square police station on May 23. “He said that since ‘Kudirai’ Kumar confessed to the crime, he left the police station and reached home at 5 a.m. Sensing that he might be arrested, he left for Bangalore and with the help of a company employee, he booked a ticket to Bangkok via Colombo,” said a senior police officer.
The police claimed they took Shaji in a vehicle on the same route he had taken just before the accident occurred.
On Thursday, at around 11 a.m, Shaji was taken to El-Conzo apartments, on Halls Road, where he and his friends allegedly partied till the early hours of May 23.
“He and ‘Kudirai’ Kumar were having whisky together and later decided to call Anwar and Anil. This was the first time Anil was visiting Shaji’s place. Then, the four had drinks on the terrace. After this, they drove towards the beach, when the accident occurred. They thought a police van was chasing them and they tried to evade it,” said the officer.
When Shaji was being interrogated, his lawyers and family members and friends were seen outside the station premises. At around 3 p.m, Shaji – with a stubble and clad in a striped shirt, blue jeans and black shoes – stepped out. He was then taken in a police van to XIV Metropolitan Magistrate Court in Egmore.
Shaji was produced before the magistrate and remanded to judicial custody till June 27. At 3.45 p.m, the van left for Puzhal.
Shaji’s visa was valid only till June 9, but he got it extended up to June 16. “From news reports he came to know that his family and staff were being interrogated by the police.
Therefore, he decided to return to India. His statements have been videographed,” said the police officer.
Shaji admitted that he drove the car at a speed of over 90 kph He also admitted to having had a few drinks before taking the car out
Shaji admitted that he drove the car at a speed of over 90 kph
He also admitted to having had a few drinks before taking the car out