Mumbai's Mihir Shah accused of hit-and-run BMW, arrested three days later

On July 7, Mihir Shah allegedly drove a BMW into a scooter, causing the death of Kaveri Nakhwa and injuring her husband, Pradip, on Annie Besant Road in Worli. After the incident, the car was found abandoned in Kala Nagar, Bandra East. Mihir Shah, aged 24, is the main accused. He was absconding since the incident and was arrested on Tuesday. Rajesh Shah, Mihir’s father, is a Shiv Sena leader from the Eknath Shinde camp. He was arrested but later released on bail. The driver, Rajrishi Bidawat, was allegedly seated next to Mihir during the incident.

Mihir Shah has been charged under several sections of the Bharatiya Nyaya Sahita: Sections 105 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), 281 (rash and negligent driving endangering human life), 125-B (endangering life and personal safety), 238, and 324(4) (committing mischief causing loss and damage). He has also been charged under Sections 184 (dangerous driving), 134A (duty of driver in case of accident and injury to a person), 134B (duty of the owner of a vehicle to give information), and 187 (punishment for causing grievous hurt by a rash or negligent act) of the Motor Vehicles Act.

According to the police, Rajesh Shah allegedly instructed Mihir to switch places with the driver post-incident, attempting to pin the blame on the driver to protect his son. This case highlights the legal implications of rash driving and the potential misuse of influence in attempting to evade responsibility.

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