Pedestrian hit by Rajat Bedi's car dies, actor booked
Rajat Bedi, who has worked in more than 40 films, including Koi... Mil Gaya and Rakht, has landed in a deep legal soup. The actor is now facing charges of death by negligence after the man he had accidentally knocked down two days ago died in Mumbai's Cooper Hospital. The Mumbai Police has registered a case against him under the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
The incident happened on September 7 at night
It all started when Bedi was returning from work on September 7 at night. The pedestrian, Rajesh Ramsingh Doot, was also coming back from work but was drunk. He suddenly came in front of Bedi's car, and before he could apply brakes, Doot was already hit, having sustained injuries to the back of his head. The accident happened in Andheri West near a temple.
'Bedi hit my husband when he was crossing the road'
"The incident occurred at 6:30pm when my husband was returning from work and he was drunk. Actor Rajat Bedi, who was driving his car with license number MH 02 CD 4809, hit my husband when he was crossing the road," said Babita Doot, wife of the deceased, when the incident occurred. "He fell down, sustaining injuries to the back of his head," she added.
The actor rushed Doot to hospital, apparently arranged for blood
The doctors who were treating Doot, a laborer, also had said that his condition was "too critical." They said, "He is in the ICU and on oxygen support. He urgently needs blood." According to Bedi's manager Sridevi Shetty, the actor had arranged for the blood, too, and "was in the hospital till 12:30-1:00 am." Notably, it was Bedi who rushed Doot to Cooper Hospital.
Bedi has not been arrested yet, said cops
Milind Kurde, senior Inspector, DN Nagar police station, said that an FIR was filed against Bedi under IPC Sections 279 (rash driving) and 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others). Now, Section 304A (causing death by negligence) of the IPC has also been added. The actor hasn't yet been arrested. Doot is survived by Babita and two daughters.