Madras High Court on Friday granted conditional bail to a woman, arrested on the charge of mowing down a 45-year-old man while driving a luxury car in an inebriated condition in Chennai early last month.
Allowing the bail petition of Aiswarya Wilton, Justice G Chockalingam directed her to furnish a bail bond of Rs 1 lakh with two sureties of the same amount and also deposit Rs 1 lakh with the 18th Metropolitan Magistrate Court towards compensation to the family of the deceased.
This is the third bail plea filed by the woman, who was arrested on July 2, hours after the early morning accident which killed Munusamy, a carpenter, on the spot.
Earlier, her bail petitions had been rejected by the principal sessions judge court on July 14 and also by the high court on July 18.
Justice Chockalingam ordered Aishwarya to appear before the police investigating the case at 10.30 AM daily for two weeks and not to leave city limits till further orders.
Since the investigation was almost over and only the chemical analysis report was awaited and considering the fact that the petitioner had been in custody for past 42 days, this court was inclined to grant the bail, he said in the order.
He also said it was open to the family of the deceased to approach the Metropolitan Magistrate court and file an appropriate application to withdraw the Rs 1 lakh.
The woman had fatally hit Munusamy with her speeding Audi car on the IT corridor here when the victim was waiting to cross the road.
Local residents gave a chase and managed to stop the car following which she was arrested and remanded to judicial custody on the charges of rash driving and culpable homicide not amounting to murder under IPC read with Section 185 (drunken driving) of Motor Vehicles Act.