Saiju Thankachan, Ansi Kabeer, Anjana Shajan | Photo: Mathrubhumi & Instagram|ansi_kabeer, Instagram|dr_anjana_shajan
Kochi: The Kerala High Court has granted bail to an interior designer who was arrested in connection with the deaths of three people, including two models, in a car accident which allegedly resulted as he was chasing them in his four-wheeler.
Justice Gopinath P, while granting the relief to Saiju M Thankachan, said that prima facie and for the purpose of considering his entitlement to bail, the provisions of Section 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) may not be attracted even if all the allegations against the accused interior designer were true.
According to the prosecution, investigation in the case has revealed instances of various other crimes, including those under Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, committed by the accused and the CCTV visuals, including those of traffic cameras, show the manner in which he caused the accident.
Saiju was arrested in the case on November 27, 2021.
Ancy Kabeer (25) and Anjana Shajan (24) had died in the fatal crash on November 1 last year.
A third passenger, in the car, succumbed to his injuries a few days later. The driver, who escaped with injuries, was later arrested and is the first accused in the case.
Saiju is accused of stalking the models from a bar and later intercepting their car at Kundannoor in Kochi city. Later, the women sped away in their car to avoid him and he allegedly chased them in his vehicle, police had said.
The state urged the high court that he may not be granted bail as he was very wealthy and influential and granting him the relief may not be conducive for his successful prosecution.
It also told the court that if it was going to grant him the relief then stringent conditions may be imposed on him.
Saiju Thankachan's lawyer told the court that the driver of the car which met with the accident was in a highly inebriated condition and this alone could be the reason why he lost control of the vehicle and not because the accused was chasing them.
The court, thereafter, granted Thankachan bail subject to his executing a bond for a sum of Rs one lakh with two solvent sureties each for the like amount.
It also directed him to appear before the Investigating Officer of the case on every Monday and Saturday at 9 AM and not to leave the local limits of Ernakulam District without permission from the jurisdictional court. PTI