A Special NDPS court sentenced Indian-born US national Nooriya Haveliwala to five years of rigorous imprisonment for causing death due to rash and negligent driving on Thursday.
The court also imposed a fine of Rs. 5 lakh on Nooriya. Of the fine amount the court ordered Rs. 2 lakh each to be given as compensation to families of the deceased police sub-inspector Dinanath Shinde, and biker Afzal Ibrahim.
Shailesh Jadhav who was seriously injured in the crash would receive Rs. 50,000 while three other injured persons would receive compensation of Rs. 15,000.
She was convicted under various sections of the Motor Vehicles Act and the Indian Penal Code. But, contrary to the charges leveled by the police that she was driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, the court acquitted her of all the charges leveled under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS).
Nooriya was arrested on January 30, 2010 after the car that she drove crashed into six persons at Marine Drive in South Mumbai on January 29, 2010.
Two persons, including a police sub-inspector, were killed and four others were injured in the incident. Nooriya was arrested after medical reports had suggested that she was under the influence of alcohol and drugs.
The court had started the trial, examining witnesses’ in the case, in March, 2012, and finished the hearings after the defence advocate concluded his arguments in October this year.
LT Marg police had filed a chargesheet against Nooriya for culpable homicide not amounting to murder, causing grievous hurt, rash and negligent driving, and under relevant sections of Motor Vehicles Act, the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, and Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act was.
Later the court framed charges against Nooriya in December 2011.
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