Actor Vikram Chatterjee, who was previously accused of rash and negligent driving, has been charged with culpable homicide not amounting to murder for the death of city model Sonika Chauhan in a car accident, police on Tuesday.
“Chatterjee has been charged under Section 304 of the IPC on Tuesday after police received a forensic report that shows the speed of the car was between 95 to 115 km per hour a few seconds before the accident,” said Kolkata police’s Joint Commissioner, Crime, Vishal Garg.
The actor was previously charged with rash driving (Section 279 of the Indian Penal Code) and causing death by negligence (Section 304A) after the accident, police said.
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During the previous interrogation, he confessed to having consumed alcohol on the night of the accident, but claimed that he was not drunk and the car was not speeding.
Chatterjee was on the wheels of his car while his partner Sonika was on the front seat when the accident happened on a south Kolkata street on their way back from a party on April 29.
Sonika was rushed to a city hospital where she succumbed to her injuries. The actor himself sustained head injury in the accident and was hospitalised.
According to police, Vikram, who has worked in films like Mainak Bhowmik’s “Bedroom” and Anjan Dutt’s “Saheb Bibi Golam”, was at the wheel of his car when he lost control and the car crashed into a roadside shop. Locals rushed the duo to hospital where Sonika was declared brought dead. Chatterjee was treated and later shifted to Ruby General Hospital, police said. Chatterjee had sustained a head injury post the accident is now recovering from it.
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