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ISKCON bridge accident: Gujarat HC rejects Tathya's bail petition

Multiple charges filed against Tathya Patel

Police and security personnel included among the nine dead, at least 20 people injured

Updated: Dec 16th, 2023

Updated on Dec 16, at 13.05 p.m.

The Gujarat High Court rejected the regular bail application filed by Tathya Patel in the ISKCON bridge accident on Dec 15.

Additional advocate general Mitesh Amin said that the accused crushed nine people to death in the accident and has a criminal mindset. He has had accidents in the past, and his father used to settle the matter through money.

The public prosecutor requested that the court not grant bail in this serious case of culpable homicide.

On the other hand, Tathya's lawyer reportedly argued that Tathya didn't try to run away from his liability and that it was not a case of 'drink and drive'. The lawyer reportedly requested the court not to consider it a culpable homicide but a negligence.

After hearing arguments from both sides, Justice MR Mengdey refused to grant the bail. As Tathya’s bail was rejected by the high court, he might need to knock the doors of the Supreme Court.

Updated on Dec 12, at 11.38 a.m.

As the main accused, Tathya Patel, and his father, Pragnesh Patel, applied for a discharge plea, the state opposed and asked the Gujarat High Court to reject their plea.

Asking to reject the plea, the state argued, "Accused Tathya Patel took nine innocent lives as he rammed his car at a speed of 142.27 kmph over the bystanders. Before the ISKCON bridge incident, Tathya rammed his car near Ghuma in January 2023, and then, days before the accident, he thrashed his car into a cafe's wall. All his crimes were compensated for by his father. Tathya is a frequent rash driver who carelessly drives his vehicle. Considering the gravity of the situation, the high court should reject the accused's discharge plea."

The next hearing was decided on Jan 15, 2024, by the high court.

Updated on Nov 26, at 4.30 p.m.

It has been five months since the tragic accident occurred on the ISKCON bridge, claiming the lives of nine innocent people.

Notably, Harsh Sanghvi, minister of state (home), gave a word in July to complete the case in one month. On the other hand, the case still awaits regular trials, and the chargeframe process is still not completed in the initial and crucial phases of the case.

The accused, Tathya Patel, and his father, Pragnesh Patel, were booked under IPC Sections 297, 337, 338, 304, 308, 504, 506 (2), 114, 188, and Motor Vehicles Act Sections 177, 184, and 134 (B).

Though a 1984-page charge sheet was filed within a week of the accident in the Mirzapur Court, charges are still not framed against the accused.

Updated on Nov 1 at 12.45 p.m.

Tathya Patel’s father, Pragnesh Patel was reportedly granted conditional bail by Gujarat high court today. The conditional bail may have conditions imposed like the accused cannot leave a particular locality or have to report to a specific authority as required.

Updated on Sept 2, 1.00 p.m.

Tathya Patel appeared in court via video conferencing from Sabarmati Jail.

After the accused asked to extend the time to appoint lawyers, the public prosecutor, Praveen Trivedi, staunchly opposed the excuse.

Moreover, the court directed the accused to complete the process of appointing a lawyer, along with an affidavit, by today.

Updated on Aug 26, 4.00 p.m.

Tathya and his father, Pragnesh Patel, were produced by the rural court with heavy police security on Aug 25. 

The accused duo claimed that jail authorities were not allowing their relatives and lawyers in the jail. The claim was then denied by jail officials in court.

Moreover, Tathya and his father requested to hire a lawyer. To this, chief public prosecutor Praveen Trivedi pointed out the contradictory tone of the accused. Trivadi said that on one hand, the accused said their lawyer is not allowed to meet them in jail, and on the other hand, they requested to hire a lawyer. By doing so,  they are misleading the court and making unnecessary complaints.

The next hearing will be held on Sept 1.

Updated on Aug 25, 1.37 p.m.

The bail application filed by Tathya Patel was rejected on Aug 24. 

Updated on Aug 14, 7 p.m.

Pragnesh Patel 'suffering from cancer'; applies for medical bail

The hearing for the ISKCON Bridge accident's accused, Tathya Patel's father, Pragnesh Patel's medical bail, was conducted today in Ahmedabad's Mirzapur court. The court will continue hearing Pragnesh's bail application on Aug 24.

Pragnesh's lawyer argued his client has been suffering from cancer for a long time, and his treatment is currently ongoing.

Updated on Aug 14, 7 p.m.

Government sternly opposes bail in affidavit filed

The Gujarat govt has filed an affidavit in court against Pragnesh Patel's medical bail. The affidavit mentions that the accused has received no treatment for some time. The government argued that such a serious illness was not disclosed earlier.

Updated on Aug 9, 7 p.m.

Pragnesh Patel's bail plea rejected

The Ahmedabad sessions court today rejected the bail plea filed by the father of the accused Tathya, Pragnesh Patel. The state govt had strongly advocated for the rejection of Pragnesh's bail application.

Updated on Aug 9, 7 p.m.

Tathya Patel's license cancelled by RTO; regular jail manual to be followed

Ahmedabad RTO has permanently cancelled Tathya Patel's driving licence. Tathya is accused of killing nine people with his Jaguar car on the ISKCON bridge on July 20. The RTO officials sought a reply from Tathya, but after not being provided one, they decided to cancel his licence.

Tathya will be provided with home meals twice a week as per the jail manual, while family will be allowed to meet or call Tathya once a week.

Updated on July 29, 2:21 p.m.

Problems pile up for Tathya Patel

The police have received permission to transfer a warrant for the arrest of Tathya Patel from Mirzapur court about the accident case where he thrashed his car into the walls of a cafe on Sindhu Bhavan road. Patel is likely to be arrested on July 31 after getting a transfer warrant from the Sabarmati Central Jail. 

Meanwhile, As the police sought some time to submit their counter affidavit in the case, Pragnesh Patel's bail application will be heard next week in court.

Updated on July 27, 3:30 p.m.

A chargesheet of 1,684 pages was filed by the Ahmedabad police.

Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) SJ Modi and Police Inspector (PI) VB Desai reached the court with a charge sheet. The 1,684 pages of the chargesheet, which examined 181 witnesses, contain the statements of eight witnesses.

Updated on July 26, 10:30 a.m.

Reports claim Tathya Patel didn't try to pull brakes, booked under IPC section 308 (attempt to commit culpable homicide)

The forensic report claimed that Tathya Patel was driving his car at a speed of 141.27 kmph at the time of the accident. As per reports, Patel didn't even try to pull the brakes on the bridge, which resulted in the deaths of nine people.

Ahmedabad traffic police are likely to file a charge sheet in court on July 27 or 28. After the submission of the ISKCON bridge accident chargesheet, Patel will be arrested for another accident where he thrashed his car into the wall of a cafe on Sindhu Bhavan road.

Updated on July 25, 5 p.m.

Alcohol-drug test done after 23 hours on Tathya Patel is futile

After the accident, Tathya Patel was rushed to the hospital, but a blood test to check the presence of alcohol and drugs was done 23 hours after the accident. The five friends of Tathya Patel, Malvika Patel, Aryan Panchal, Dhwani Panchal, Shansagar and Shrey were not injured in the accident and yet disappeared for 16 hours.

Updated on July 24, 9 p.m.

Tathya Patel given prisoner number 8683; his father Pragnesh Patel 8623

The ISKCON bridge accident accused, Tathya Patel, has been given a prisoner number after being jailed. He will be referred to as prisoner number 8683, while his father, Pragnesh Patel, is given prisoner number 8623. The police sent Tathya Patel to judicial custody after they did not require any further remand for the accused. The father-son duo is currently locked up in Sabarmati jail.

Updated on July 24, 6 p.m.

No more remand for Tathya Patel, sent to judicial custody

The police today did not appeal for anymore remand for Tathya Patel, and he was sent to Sabarmati Jail, along with his father Pragnesh Patel. Moreover, those who were in the car at the time of the accident were made witnesses for the case. Police has also registered another case against Tathya Patel in the Sindhu Bhavan case, where he had damaged the wall of a cafe by thrashing another car into the wall.

Updated on July 24, 3.30 p.m.

According to Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL), the speed of the car that Tathya Patel was driving, was 142.5 kmph. Earlier, a video circulated online that had Patel confessing that he was overspeeding.

Updated on July 24, 11 a.m.

Variya took ₹80 lakh from Patel

Both the cars, a Jaguar and a Thar (that Patel crashed on Sindhu Bhavan road a few days ago), were registered in the name of Krish Variya, Himanshu Variya's son. New developments reportedly shed light on why Variya gave both his extravagant cars to Pragnesh Patel. Reports suggest the circulation of interest money between Variya and Patel. Variya has reportedly given two cars to Patel in exchange for ₹80 lakh in interest.

Updated on July 22, 1 p.m.

Who is the MP?

The owner of this car is Himanshu Variya, Pragnesh Patel’s business partner. As per reports, the car’s number plate read “Member of Parliament (MP)”. However, the MP sign has disappeared from the accident site. As of now, it is unclear who the MP is.

Updated on July 21, 3 p.m.

Ahmedabad police probe car history with the help of car company experts

Forensic experts and officials of the RTO department were called to the site of the accident to conduct a detailed investigation of the accident. The police will take the help of technical experts from Jaguar to find out all the necessary details, especially the exact speed of the car before the accident and the history of the last trip. Moreover, the help of Gandhinagar forensic experts will also be sought to check the car.

Updated on July 20, 9.45 p.m.

FIR registered against Tathya Patel in six different sections

An FIR has been registered against ISKCON bridge accident accused Tathya Patel. The sections registered against him are,

IPC Sections - 304, 279, 337, 338

Motor Vehicles Act Sections - 177, 184

Updated on July 20, 9 p.m.

CM Bhupendra Patel holds a review meeting

Gujarat chief minister Bhupendra Patel held a meeting regarding the tragedy of the ISKCON accident. The CM has reviewed the entire tragic incident and was briefed about its technical reasons. CM has instructed that justice should be given to the victims and strict action to be taken against the culprits.

Updated on July 20, 7 p.m.

Accused Tathya Patel's father Pragnesh Patel stated that his wife received a phone call informing them about Tathya's involvement. He claimed to have rushed to the accident site, where people were assaulting Tathya. Pragnesh Patel said he took his son to a private hospital and notified the police about the incident. He also mentioned that according to Tathya's friends, the car was not exceeding 100 km per hour when it collided with the crowd.

According to sources, Pragnesh Patel arrived at the scene after the accident and allegedly exerted his influence over the police, escorting his son away during the night.

Minister of State-Home Harsh Sanghavi has said that such intimidating behaviour will not be tolerated. When questioned about allegations of him showing a gun and threatening the crowd, Pragnesh Patel denied the claims.

Updated on July 20, 4.10 p.m.

Six people detained in the ISKCON accident case

Police have detained six people in the Ahmedabad ISKCON Bridge accident. The detained include Tathya Patel, his father, Pragnesh Patel, and three girls. The three girls were taken to Satellite police station, while Tathya Patel and Pragnesh Patel were taken to Sarkhej police station.

Updated on July 20, 2.30 p.m.

Case will be heard in fast track court, chargesheet to be filed in a week: Harsh Sanghavi

Minister of State Home Harsh Sanghavi addressed that the ISKCON bridge accident case will be heard in fast track court. The commissioner of police, joint commissioner of police, three deputy commissioners of police, and five police inspectors have undertaken the investigation. RTO, Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL), was ordered to submit a postmortem report immediately. A charge sheet will be filed within a week. Sanghavi has assured that measures will be taken to ensure that such elements don't use roads as racing tracks in the future.

Amdavadis woke up to a horrendous accident wherein a speeding luxury car crashed into a group of people who had ironically gathered to help the victims of another accident on the SG highway.

The accident occurred at the ISKCON bridge at 1.30 a.m. today wherein nine people including a police constable and a home guard jawan have died. 

(Image: IANS)

Nine dead, many injured

According to reports, nine people died on the spot, while nearly 15 to 20 people have been  injured. The preliminary investigation reportedly identified the car driver as Tathya Patel, who rammed into a group of people, killing a constable, a home guard jawan, and injuring seven others.

Injured were hospitalised, case filed

The injured were shifted to Sola Civil Hospital. The police have registered a case and started an investigation. The car driver, who was also injured in the crash, has been taken into custody. 

CM announced compensation for the victims

The chief minister of Gujarat, Bhupendra Patel, has announced compensation of ₹4 lakh for the families of the deceased and ₹50,000 for the injured.

Reports say that the car was travelling at a speed of more than 160 km/h. Onlookers had gathered to see an accident that had taken place between a Thar and a dumper. The car rammed into those people with such intensity that they were thrown 25 to 30 feet away. 

As per reports, the car driver Tathya Patel's father, Pragnesh Patel, was allegedly involved in a gang rape incident in 2020 in Rajkot. He was reportedly arrested by the crime branch of Ahmedabad at that time.

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