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Shabana Azmi’s driver booked for rash driving

Published : Jan 20, 2020, 2:05 am IST
Updated : Jan 20, 2020, 2:05 am IST

Officials said the driver sustained minor injuries and he is undergoing treatment.

Shabana Azmi
 Shabana Azmi

Mumbai: A day after yesteryear actor Shabana Azmi (69) met with a car accident on Mumbai Pune Expressway, the Raigad police has filed a case against their driver for rash driving and endangering others life and personal safety. The police also conducted a medical examination on the driver. However, he was not found to be drunk when driving the car, which will also underwent an RTO inspection.

A police official said that the accident allegedly took place when the accused driver, identified as Kamlesh Kamath (38), was trying to overtake the truck while driving the car at a high speed around Khalapur area.

The police said that they were yet to record statement of the hospitalised actor, which would reveal further details on the sequence of events. Kamath also sustained minor injuries in the incident and he was undergoing treatment, officials said.

“We have filed the case against the driver and it will be probed to ascertain the exact cause of the accident. The statement recording is in process,” said an officer of Raigad police.

The police added that while she was travelling in the car, her husband and renowned lyricist, Javed Akhtar was in another vehicle when the accident took place. Amidst the investigation, Azmi was shifted to the Kokilaben Ambani Hospital in Andheri for further treatment and is stated to be stable. She was first taken to MGM Hospital at Navi Mumbai for immediate medical attention.

Javed Akhtar said that Shabana Azmi continued to be in the Intensive Care Unit but her reports were positive and there was nothing to worry about.

Akhtar told the media, “She had a narrow escape and she is out of danger, she is doing well.”

As per hospital sources, the veteran actress was being treated for her severe body ache, as she had suffered from head and spinal injuries in the accident. However, the doctors stated that her injuries were not critical. On Sunday, all necessary medical tests were done on the actress and there were no seeming complications.

“Azmi is recuperating and stable,” the Kokilaben Ambani Hospital’s executive director and CEO Dr Santosh Shetty said.

As per family sources, Azmi had a propitious escape from death. The intensity of the hit could have hurled her out of the speeding vehicle. Luckily, that didn’t happen. But it would take her more than a month to recover.

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