PUNE: Pranit Nimhan, the prime accused in the Symbiosis student assault case, who was bragging about his clout when he beat up 21-year-old Varun Desai along with three of his friends on April 26, seems to be a regular offender of the law. Nimhan, who was produced by Chatuhshringi police as a juvenile in court, was also booked for drunken driving by the traffic branch of Pune police in the month of February.
Nimhan was booked under section 185 (Driving by a drunken person or by a person under the influence of drugs), section 130 (Driver, in a public place, failing to produce his license, on demand, to any police officer in uniform) of Motor Vehicle Act on February 8, 2018. According to details mentioned on the website of Pune district court, a case against him was heard by the JMFC (Judicial Magistrate FC) court on April 16, 2018, in which the next hearing date was given for August 15, 2018. It is significant to note that despite been booked for drunken driving and driving without licence, Nimhan was regularly driving the car and assaulted Symbiosis college student for not giving him side in the road rage incident.
Nimhan, and two of his friends, who brutally assaulted Desai, were claimed as juveniles by the police. The three were produced in juvenile court on April 28, where they gave parental custody. The fourth accused, who went absconding after the incident, was arrested by police on Tuesday, is an adult and has been identified as Rutwik Tayshetye, a resident of Aundh.
When Sakal Times contacted Dayanand Dhome, Police Inspector, Chatuhshringi police station, and questioned him about the drunken driving case against Pranit Nimhan, he said, “We were not aware of it, but if he was booked previously for drunken driving, we are going to mention this in court, as we are also going to file a case against the accused as he was driving the car. We will also register a case against the owner of the car, which has been seized by us. We have called them to the police station on Thursday.”