BMW crash case: Shiv Sena sacks key accused Mihir Shah’s father Rajesh Shah from party post

A one-line notice by Shiv Sena secretary Sanjay More said Rajesh Shah has been relieved from the post of the party's deputy leader.

Updated - July 10, 2024 06:14 pm IST

Published - July 10, 2024 03:18 pm IST - Mumbai

The BMW car driven by Rajesh Shah’s son Mihir Shah allegedly rammed into a two-wheeler in the Worli area of south-central Mumbai on July 7, resulting in the death of a a woman.

The BMW car driven by Rajesh Shah’s son Mihir Shah allegedly rammed into a two-wheeler in the Worli area of south-central Mumbai on July 7, resulting in the death of a a woman.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, who heads the Shiv Sena, on July 10 sacked Rajesh Shah, whose son Mihir Shah was allegedly involved in the BMW hit-and-run, as the party's deputy leader.

A one-line notice by Shiv Sena secretary Sanjay More said Rajesh Shah has been relieved from the post of the party's deputy leader. Mr. Shah, however, continues to be a member of the Shiv Sena.

“A BMW car driven by Mihir Shah allegedly rammed into a two-wheeler in the Worli area of south-central Mumbai on July 7, resulting in the death of Kaveri Nakhwa (45), who was riding pillion, while her husband Pradeep survived with injuries,” police have said.

According to them, Kaveri Nakhwa was dragged for around 1.5 km by the speeding car before Mihir pulled it over, swapped the seat with his driver, and fled in another vehicle. The driver allegedly ran over her while reversing the BMW. Mihir Shah was arrested on July 9.

BMC razes illegal alterations in bar visited by main accused hours before accident

“The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is demolishing unauthorised alterations made at the city-based bar that was visited by the main accused in the BMW hit-and-run case hours before he allegedly took the wheel of the car involved in the crash that killed a woman,” officials said.

The establishment — Vice-Global Tapas Bar — against which the action was being taken, is located in Juhu suburb. “The BMW car driven by main accused Mihir Shah allegedly rammed into a two-wheeler from behind in Worli area of south-central Mumbai on Sunday morning, resulting in the death of Kaveri Nakhwa (45), who was riding pillion, while her husband Pradeep survived with injuries,” police have said.

A civic official said the BMC's K-West ward office team reached the Vice-Global Tapas Bar this morning and started demolishing some of the additional alterations made inside the establishment.

The civic body had conducted an inspection of the bar on Tuesday to check if any unauthorised additions and alterations were made there. “Detailed measurements were taken at the bar during the inspection, the official said. The bar was given a notice before the demolition process began,” he said.

Earlier, the State Excise Department sealed the bar. It was visited by Mihir Shah and his friends on Saturday night, hours before he allegedly took the wheel of the car involved in the crash.

“The bar manager had served hard liquor to Mihir, who is yet to complete 24 years of age, violating Maharashtra’s legal drinking age of 25,” an Excise Department official earlier said.

“The action to seal the bar was taken on the orders of the district Collector for violation of rules,” he added. Mihir Shah’s father, Rajesh Shah, is a leader of the ruling Shiv Sena.

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