Actor Bikram Chatterjee surrenders in court, takes anticipatory bail
Actor Bikram Chatterjee on Friday surrendered before Alipore Court and took anticipatory bail as a complaint was lodged against him in connection with his accident in which celebrated model Sonika Chauhan was killed.
Bikram was released on Thursday from the private hospital, where he had been admitted with injuries, and he was summoned to Tollygunge police station within seven days of the accident.
The police had lodged a suo motu case in connection with the accident and initiated a probe on charges of causing death due to negligence (304A IPC) and rash driving (279 IPC). Later, Sonika's maternal uncle B Michael had lodged a complaint with the police alleging that Bikram was in an inebriated state while driving the car and his reckless driving claimed Sonika's life.
After securing anticipatory bail, the actor held a press conference. He said: "I am also equally shattered for the death of my very good friend. I extend my condolences to her family and friends. Wish I could have succumbed to injuries instead of her."
Brushing aside allegations of driving car in an inebriated state, Bikram said: "I was not at all drunk. There was no over speeding and it was a mere accident. As the probe is going on, I cannot reveal further details about that night when the accident took place."
He further stated that he was discharged from the hospital on Thursday and he had not gone home even for a day in between as claimed by some.
His counsel said he would go to the police station within seven days and will co-operate with the investigating officers who are conducting the probe.
It may be mentioned that the police had asked the hospital authorities to give them Bikram's blood reports to ascertain whether the allegation of drunken driving is true.