Minor’s grandfather arrested; family pressured driver to plead guilty: police

The commissioner had earlier said that investigation so far has revealed that the teenager was driving the car under the influence of alcohol.

Seeking custody of the teenager’s grandfather in the sessions court on Saturday, the prosecution said the police have recovered the DVR (digital video recorder) of the CCTV footage from the accused’s house and investigation indicated that the footage had been tampered with.

The court was also informed about previous offences registered against Dada at police stations in Kondhwa, Bundgarden in Pune and Mahabaleshwar in Maharashtra.

Opposing police custody, defence lawyer Prashant Patil argued that the driver was in the car at the time of the accident, and denied the allegation that he was wrongly confined in the house.

Patil claimed, “When there was a lot of uproar over the incident, the driver himself decided to go to the servant quarters in the accused’s bungalow and stayed there till the next day. There is no question of the driver receiving any threat.” He said that the accused Dada was with the police since the police reached Pune on the morning of May 19.

On Friday, an inspector and another officer of the Yerwada police station were suspended for delaying reporting of crime and negligence in duty.