Mumbai: A 70-year-old woman was allegedly mowed down to death near St Andrew's Church near Bandra on Sunday by a car that belonged to Bollywood actor Sohail Khan. Mumbai Police DCP Pratap Dighavkar said that while the car was registered in the name of Arbaaz Khan, his brother Sohail was using it.
The police said that the driver of the car, Dhananjay Pimpale surrendered the vehicle immediately after the accident.
Pimpale was produced before a local court on Monday that released him on a bond of Rs 10,000.
Eyewitnesses had said that Sohail was present in the car at the time of the accident. However, the actor's family as well as the police denied this.
The accident took place at 10.30 pm on Sunday while the car was headed to the Khans' home at Bandstand.
Eyewitnesses said that the victim, identified as Chandra Bala, used to sit at the spot daily.
Immediately after the accident, a police constable and some autorickshaw drivers in the vicinity rushed her to Bhabha hospital where she succumbed to her injuries.
Meanwhile, Sohail Khan's father and eminent writer Salim Khan said, "It was most unfortunate, the woman suddenly came in front of the vehicle and fell. The driver immediately applied the brakes and reported the matter to the police."
He claimed that the woman, apparently frail, was not "crushed" as claimed in some quarters, but fell near the vehicle.
Salim Khan castigated the media saying that instead of finding out the whereabouts of the poor woman and her family or survivors, the focus was more on his celebrity family - whether they were inside the vehicle and who owned the vehicle.
A case of rash driving and causing death by negligence was registered against Pimpale. His alcohol test returned negative.
(With additional information from IANS)