Haircut And Shave: How Mumbai BMW Hit-And-Run Accused Tried To Escape Police

BMW hit-and-run case accused, Mihir Shah, changed his appearance by cutting his hair and shaving off the beard to evade arrest, and it was necessary to find out who helped him change his look, the prosecution said.

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Mihir Shah, son of a Shiv Sena leader, accused in the Mumbai BMW hit-and-run case | Photo: PTI and X/@HateDetectors

The son of a Shiv Sena leader, Mihir Shah, has admitted to being behind the wheel in a fatal hit-and-run accident in Mumbai's Worli area. Shah, 24, was arrested on Tuesday in connection with the incident, which occurred in the early hours of Sunday morning. 

According to authorities, Shah's BMW vehicle collided with a two-wheeler, resulting in the death of 45-year-old Kaveri Nakhwa.

Kaveri was dragged for 1.5 km before the accused stopped the car, according to police. He changed his appearance to evade arrest, the prosecution on Wednesday told a court here which remanded him in police custody till July 16.

Shah, the son of Shiv Sena leader Rajesh Shah, had committed a “cruel heartless crime”, and they wanted to probe who helped him when he was on the run for more than two days after the early Sunday morning accident, police told the court.

On Wednesday, Shah was produced before chief metropolitan magistrate (Sewree court) S P Bhosale.

Pressing for his remand for the maximum possible period, public prosecutors Ravindra Patil and Bharti Bhosle said that he escaped from the crime scene with the help of co-accused, and the police wanted to find out who helped him abscond and stay hidden.

There were discrepancies in the statements of Mihir Shah and his driver and co-accused Raj Bidawat, and the number plate of the BMW was yet to be recovered, the prosecution said.

Police also needed to probe if Mihir Shah tried to destroy evidence by contacting anyone after the incident, it said.

He changed his appearance by cutting his hair and shaving off the beard to evade arrest, and it was necessary to find out who helped him change his look, the prosecution said.

Police also wanted to investigate whether the accused has a driving licence, it said, claiming that after his arrest, Shah did not cooperate with the investigation and gave misleading information.

His custodial interrogation was needed for recovering more evidence, the prosecution added.

What Did Mihir Shah's Lawyers Argue?

Shah’s lawyers Ayush Pasbola and Sudhir Bhardwaj argued that the entire case revolved around the arrest of the person who was driving the car.

The car was recovered and the number plate must have fallen off somewhere near the accident site, advocate Pasbola said, adding that it was not the police’s case that the accused took it away.

Police were demanding Shah’s remand for confronting him with his driver, but Bidawat was in police custody for a sufficient period, the defence said.

Most of the investigation was complete and Shah’s custody was not needed, the lawyers argued.

The court, after hearing both the sides, remanded Mihir Shah in police custody for seven days.

Father Rajesh Shah Removed From Shiv Sena Post

Maharashtra chief minister Eknath Shinde on Wednesday removed Mihir Shah's father, Rajesh Shah, as deputy leader of the Shiv Sena.

The police had arrested Rajesh Shah and his driver Rajrishi Singh Bidawat, who was allegedly in the BMW car at the time of the accident, for their alleged involvement in the case. Rajesh Shah was later granted bail by a court in Mumbai.

Driver Bidawat, who allegedly took the driver’s seat after the accident in order to shield Mihir, has already been remanded in police custody till July 11. 

(With PTI Inputs)