Pune crash: Case against teen's father, grandfather in suicide abetment case

Cases have been registered against the family members of the juvenile involved in the May 19 Porsche crash in Pune. The charges include abetment of suicide and cheating.
Pune crash: Case against teen's father, grandfather in suicide abetment case
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The Pune Police on Thursday registered a case against the father and grandfather of the minor involved in the May 19 Porsche car crash in Pune. The police also registered a separate case related to the abetment of suicide of a businessman's son in the city, against three others.

Police said a complaint in this regard was registered by a man identified as DS Kature, who runs a construction business in Pune's Vadgaon Sheri area, news agency PTI reported.

In the complaint, Kature accused one Vinay Kale of harassing his son, Shashikant Kature, who had taken a loan from the former for construction work.

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Kature alleged Kale added compounding interest to the principal amount after Shashikant could not pay the loan on time. Fed up with constant harassment, Shashikant Kature died by suicide in January this year, the police told PTI.

A case was registered against Kale under Sections 306 (abetment of suicide) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) at the Chandannagar police station in the city.

"During the investigation, the role of the juvenile's father (a builder), grandfather and three others cropped up in the suicide case. We have now added Sections 420 (cheating) and 34 (common intention) of the IPC to the case," said a police officer, without elaborating on their alleged role in the episode.

The juvenile's grandfather is currently in judicial custody for the alleged kidnapping and wrongful confinement of their family driver, who was pressured to tell the police that he was behind the wheels when the fatal accident took place.

The 17-year-old boy's father, real estate developer Vishal Agarwal, and his mother are currently in police custody in a case related to the juvenile's blood sample swapping.

The tragic incident occurred in Kalyani Nagar, resulting in the deaths of two IT professionals after the Porsche car, allegedly driven by the minor, collided with their two-wheeler.

Meanwhile, the teen's grandfather on Thursday approached the Bombay High Court, through his lawyer Aashutosh Srivastava, with a writ petition, stating that he was wrongfully detained and falsely implicated in the case related to the kidnapping and wrongful confinement of their family driver.

The petition stated that investigating authorities on mere allegations and based on a complaint submitted after an inordinate delay of five days, filed the case without following due procedure mandated under section 42A of the CrPC against the 77-year-old senior citizen (juvenile's grandfather).

The plea stated that the driver, after being released around 11 pm on May 20 from the Yerawada police station following investigation, was received by the petitioner (the teen's grandfather). Since he was frightened and devastated and there being risk to his life, it was mutually decided by both the driver and the petitioner to go the latter's home, said the plea.

It stated the petitioner assured the safety and protection of the driver and his family.

Source: India Today

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