The Madras High Court on Thursday dismissed the anticipatory bail application of P.Shaji, who apprehended arrest for allegedly causing a road accident at Egmore on May 23. A boy aged 12 died in the accident.

The police allegation against Mr.Shaji was that under the influence of liquor, he drove a car in a rash and negligent manner and caused the accident in which three children who were sleeping near the pavement were injured. One boy, Muniraj, died later.

Shaji, son of M.P.Purushothaman, Chairman of Empee Group of Companies, submitted that he had nothing to do with the offence. He had only travelled in the car. He had been falsely implicated in the case.

The police submitted that investigation so far revealed that Mr.Shaji was driving the vehicle at the time of the accident. Three others abetted him. This was corroborated by several eye-witnesses.

In the order, Justice C.T.Selvam said the offences alleged were grave. A boy had died in the accident and a child aged seven was in a critical condition. In view of this, it was not a fit case where the court could grant anticipatory bail.

As regards the plea by Mr.Purushothaman for anticipatory bail since the car involved in the accident belonged to his company, Mr.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.

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