Court to hear bail plea of Kaizad Gustad on Monday
13th June 2004
By ApunKaChoice Bureau
A railway court will tomorrow hear the bail plea of film director Kaizad Gustad and his colleagues Ashish Udeshi and Hadley D'mello, arrested in connection with the death of assistant director Nadia Khan.
The trio have been remanded to police custody till tomorrow.
During film shooting on railway tracks at Mahalaxmi railway station on May 25, Nadia was hit by a speeding train and was declared brought dead at a hospital.
They were remanded to custody on the ground that the investigation was incomplete and that police had to record the statements of witnesses including railway staff, employees, film producer and a cameraman.
The bail petitions filed by defence lawyers Satish Mandeshinde and Sayaji Nangre said there was no need to keep the accused in police custody as their statements had already been recorded. Just to record statements of witnesses, the accused cannot be kept in custody, they argued.
Defence lawyers said that 304 part two IPC (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) was not applicable to the accused. They said police had booked them for the offence of causing death by negligence (section 304 A IPC) but the court had rejected this charge and instead applied the charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder.
According to police, Nadia was hit by a train when Gustad's film Mumbai Central was being shot at Mahalaxmi station. However, Udeshi filed a police complaint saying Nadia was killed in a road mishap.