One of the two survivors of the horrific crash that claimed the innocent lives of Former Tata Sons chairman Cyrus Mistry and Jehangir Pandole – Dr. Anahita Pandole has now been discharged after 108 days from the H N Reliance Foundation Hospital. Dr. Anahita who was in the driving seat at the time of the accident was booked by Kasa police in Palghar on November 5 for breaking multiple Indian penal code provisions.
Dr. Anahita was charged under sections of the Motor Vehicles Act and the Indian Penal Code that relate to 304A (causing death by negligence), 279 (driving or riding carelessly on a public way), 337 (causing injury to any person by doing any act so carelessly or rashly as to endanger human life or the personal safety of others), and 338 (causing grievous injury to any person by doing any act so carelessly or rashly as to endanger human life, or the personal safety of others).
Mistry was travelling from Gujarat to Mumbai on September 4 in a Mercedes GLC SUV with the driver, Dr. Anahita Pandole, Jehangir Pandole, and Darius Pandole. A kilometer or so before the Charoti toll booth the three lanes of the road splitted into two lanes at this location on the flyover built over the Surya River. At the time of the crash, Mistry and Jehangir were sitting in the back seat; the other two suffered critical injuries. Darius Pandole also suffered injuries from the accident however he was discharged back in October.
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Recently it was also reported that Dr. Anahita Pandole was also ‘not wearing the seatbelt properly’ at the time of the accident. Balasaheb Patil – the Superintendent of Palghar Police, said, “Dr Anahita, who was driving her Mercedes-Benz car, had not worn the seat belt properly as the pelvic belt was not fastened. She had only worn the shoulder harness from the back and had not adjusted the lap belt. These findings are part of the charge sheet, which the police will file before the court. We are waiting for Dr. Anahita to be discharged from hospital for questioning her.”
Prior to this revelation, it was discovered during the investigation by police authorities that Dr. Pandole in the period of 2020 and 2022 received 19 e-challans in total, 11 of which were for speeding. It has also been reported that these outstanding infractions have been added to the charge sheet that was filed against her. Two of the eleven speeding tickets reportedly were given in 2022. The remaining 9 were released in 2021. Total: 19 challans; 17 have been paid. Unlike the two challans issued last year, which were both for speeding in Pune and Wada, this year’s one was recorded in Thane, where the car was spotted speeding on a traffic camera.
The National Highways Authority of India recently placed a new crash attenuator at the spot of the accident in an effort to reduce the possibility of any such fatalities occurring that happened three months ago. On the Mumbai-Ahmedabad Highway, at the Surya river bridge, where the three lanes on one side of the road combine into two on the other, the highway officials installed this crash cushion. This is the first time a crash impact-reducing device has been installed in the nation, said a representative from the NHAI.
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