Saturday, 16 May 2015

Does the law apply to Harish Salve's Bentley accident?

16th May 2015, Mumbai: Senior Counsel Harish Salve, who flew in from Delhi to help Salman Khan avoid spending a couple of nights in jail, was himself involved in a road accident that killed a man in May 2014 -- just over one year ago. Barely any media group highlighted this news (except DNA, which withdrew the news item hastily).

The accident took place in May 2014. Harish Salve’s car was involved in an accident at the Rajpath-Mansingh Road crossing leaving the driver of the other vehicle, Mr. Joginder, seriously injured. Joginder was admitted in the intensive care unit (ICU) at Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital after the accident, and expired on 2 May, 2014.

Joginder was an employee of the Le Meridien hotel. It is to be noted that Salve himself did not approach the police. Rather it was an unknown caller who informed police about the accident. Joginder died on the day of accident itself in the ICU of Dr Ram Manohar Lohia hospital.

Here is the shocking part: On Harish Salve’s instructions, a case of rash and negligent driving was filed against Joginder at the Parliament Street police station based on the complaint filed by Salve’s driver Arvind Pande. After all, he was the driver of a shrewd lawyer.

Dramatically, later, Salve withdrew the FIR. The poor family of the dead person hails from Haridwar. They wanted to file a case against Salve. But how can a poor family fight a legal battle against the “The Harish Salve”?

 Harish Salve’s car was involved in an accident at the Rajpath-Mansingh Road crossing leaving the driver of the other vehicle, Mr. Joginder, seriously injured. Joginder was admitted in the intensive care unit (ICU) at Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital after the accident, and expired on 2 May, 2014.


The undisputed facts:

What we know for sure is that a man died in a car accident involving two cars - A Wagon R (driven by the man who died) and a Bentley (owned by Mr. Harish Salve). Doesn't the law require a police investigation into culpability after registration of an FIR? But NO POLICE INVESTIGATION WAS DONE in this case, even when a poor man died as a result of the accident.

About DNA's mysterious disappearing coverage, read: http://tinyurl.com/Harish-Salve-crash

Deccan Herald's online report of the Bentley accident: http://tinyurl.com/Harish-Salve-report

Best wishes,
Krishnaraj Rao
9821588114
Mumbai

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