Following the horrendous incident on ISKCON Bridge where an over-speeding Jaguar killed nine people, including a constable and a home guard, a decision has been made to add Section 308 to the case. Any offences under Section 308 of the IPC are of a criminal nature. They are recorded as non-bailable and non-compoundable offences.
The Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) report indicated that the vehicle was travelling at 141.27 kmph. Shockingly, even after colliding with the crowd, the car’s driver, Tathya Patel, did not apply the brakes. Instead, he continued to move for 200-300 meters until a sensor activated and locked the vehicle, with the speed then recorded at 108 kmph.
The charges against him included Sections 279, 337, 338, and 304 of the IPC, as well as Sections 177, 184, and 134(B) of the Motor Vehicle Act.
Seeking a five-day remand, the police detained Patel. After the remand period, he was sent to jail. The police have also initiated the process of preparing the chargesheet for the case.
Statements from all individuals related to the incident have been recorded. The FSL report confirmed there were no technical faults with the car. However, it emerged that Patel made no attempt to apply the brakes despite mowing down the crowd, indicating negligence and irresponsibility. Even his friends admitted that he did not attempt to brake the car after the collision. Their statements have become crucial pieces of evidence in the case.
Various reports, including those from the Regional Transport Office (RTO), FSL, Jaguar Car Company, brake tests, post-mortem, DNA, and mobile phone analysis, have been submitted as evidence. Notably, some reports are still pending, prompting questions about reasons behind the delay.
The chargesheet will be filed within two days, and the trial will be conducted in a Fast Track Special Court.