Pune Porsche Accident: A Family Conspiracy Unraveled

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03-Jun-2024
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A 17-year-old boy, who caused a fatal accident on May 19 by crashing his speeding Porsche into a motorbike, resulting in the death of two young IT professionals, has confessed to Pune Police that he was heavily intoxicated at the time. According to India Today, police sources revealed that during his interrogation, the teen admitted he could not recall the events due to his inebriated state.

The interrogation, lasting from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm, was conducted in the presence of the minor’s mother and crime branch officials, including Assistant Commissioner of Police Sunil Tambe and a district child protection officer. Despite their efforts, the juvenile remained largely uncooperative, as reported by Hindustan Times. “Our officials asked the minor about his location before the accident, his presence in Blak and Cosie pubs, driving the Porsche, details of the accident, tampering of evidence, collection of blood samples, and medical tests. To all the questions, the minor had a single answer – that he had no memory of anything as he was drunk,” said a crime branch official.

The initial investigation revealed that the minor and his friends had spent ₹48,000 on alcoholic drinks at the two pubs on the night of the accident.

In a twist to the case, The Times of India reported that the minor's mother, Shivani Agarwal, who was arrested on June 1 for allegedly providing her blood sample in place of her son’s, claimed that doctors at Sassoon General Hospital instructed her to do so. "We have recorded the statement of the woman. She told us that the doctors of the hospital had told her to give her blood as a sample instead of her son's. She feigned ignorance on why the doctors told her so," stated Pune Commissioner of Police Amitesh Kumar.

On Sunday, a Pune court remanded the parents of the boy in police custody until June 5, citing their alleged role in tampering with evidence. Vishal Agarwal, the boy’s father, had been arrested earlier for his involvement in the same. The police accused the couple of conspiring to manipulate the minor’s blood samples to hinder the investigation.

The couple's lawyer, Prashant Patil, argued for their judicial custody, stating that the charges under IPC section 201 (causing disappearance of evidence) are bailable. However, the court sided with the police, granting an extension of their custody.

Additionally, the boy’s grandfather, Surendra Agarwal, has been arrested for allegedly kidnapping the family’s driver and coercing him to take the blame for the accident. Two doctors from Sassoon General Hospital and an employee have also been detained for their alleged role in swapping the blood samples.

The police have registered three separate cases in connection with the incident: one against the minor for the accident, another against the bar that served him alcohol, and a third for the wrongful confinement and coercion of the driver. This series of arrests and revelations underscore the grave implications of the accident and the lengths to which the family allegedly went to protect the minor from legal consequences.

Author: Anushka Taraniya

News writer