Dalip Tahil arrested for drunk driving in Mumbai


Actor Dalip Tahil, best known for his roles in the films Baazigar and King Uncle, was arrested by the Khar police on September 23 after his car collided with an autorickshaw in the area in Mumbai and injured passengers inside it, a leading daily reports. Mr. Tahil was allegedly driving his car in an inebriated state.

Police officials told the daily that the accident occurred around 9 pm on Sunday as two residents of Khar - Jenita Gandhi and Gaurav Chugh - were travelling in an autorickshaw in the area while the vehicle was hit by the car from behind in front of the China Garden restaurant on CD Road.

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“The impact of the collision caused Ms. Gandhi to sustain a severe jolt to her back and neck. Ms. Gandhi and Mr. Chugh got off the autorickshaw and saw the car trying to flee towards Santacruz. The car could not get far as the street was crowded due to Ganeshotsav immersion processions,” an officer with the Khar police told the daily.

Soon after, Ms. Gandhi and Mr. Chugh followed the car and approached the driver after which they realized that it was Mr. Tahil.  “We noted down the number of the car. Meanwhile, Mr. Tahil started arguing and pushed us. Mr. Chugh called the police and a team from Khar police station reached the spot and took all of us to the station,” Ms Gandhi said in her statement, as reported by the daily.

Upon further investigation, police officials confirmed that the person driving the car was Dalip Tahil. Following Ms. Gandhi’s and Mr. Chugh’s medical examination, Mr. Tahil was booked by the Khar police for causing injury due to rash and negligent driving under the Indian Penal Code and for driving under the influence of alcohol under the Motor Vehicles Act.

A senior police inspector from the Khar police station told the daily that Mr. Tahil was arrested and granted bail later. “Mr. Tahil refused to let us take a blood sample so that it could be tested for alcohol traces. However, he was visibly inebriated,” Sanjay More, senior police inspector, told the daily.

Dalip Tahil also appeared in the films Ram Lakhan, Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, Chori Chori Chupke Chupke and Welcome 2 Karachi.