Shabana Azmi (Photo Credit: Instagram)
An FIR has been registered against the driver of veteran actor Shabana Azmi, who met with an accident after her car rammed into the truck on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway on Saturday afternoon. Driver Kamlesh Kamath (38), who sustained minor injuries in the incident, was apparently trying to overtake another vehicle when Azmi’s car rammed into a truck near Khalapur, about 60 km from here in neighbouring Raigad district, a local police official earlier said.
Azmi’s husband, lyricist Javed Akhtar, was travelling in another car, Raigad Superintendent of Police Paraskar said. However, police said that since sections are bailable offenses, the actor’s driver will not be arrested and will be issued a notice instead. ''We have booked driver Kamlesh Kamath under Indian Penal Code Sections 279 and 337 for rash and negligent driving and provisions of the Motor Vehicles Act. He is not yet arrested,'' Paraskar said.
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The actor’s car will be sent for an inspection to RTO (regional transport office) to ascertain if there was any fault in the vehicle or if the mishap took place after the driver lost control, Paraskar added.
Azmi is currently admitted at Kokilaben Ambani hospital in suburban Andheri after initial treatment at MGM Hospital in Navi Mumbai. "She is stable and under observation," said Dr Santosh Shetty, Executive Director and CEO of Ambani Hospital in a statement late in the evening.
The Raigad Police had issued an official statement regarding the accident which read as "Shabana Azmi and her driver was injured in an accident near Khalapur on Pune-Mumbai Expressway. While they were driving from Pune to Mumbai their vehicle hit by a truck on the expressway. Javed Akhtar was also present in the car who is safe. Both the injured have been shifted to MGM Hospital."