Justice for Ankur Khandelwal: His Father Starts Online Petition Seeking Changes In Laws Related To Drink And Drive, You Can Help Too

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Pune, 4 April 2021: Ramesh Khandelwal (71), father of chartered accountant Ankur Khandelwal, who was also the vice president of Credit Suisse in Pune, has started an online petition seeking the intervention of the Supreme Court for changes in the laws dealing with drink and drive accidental cases. He has also commanded the re-arrest of the accused on charges of culpable homicide.

The petition states, “We are calling on the government and the apex court to review and change the laws relating to drink and drive accidental cases. We demand cancellation of bail and re-arrest of the accused. 

I Ramesh Khandelwal (aged 71), father of CA Ankur Khandelwal, am requesting you to please take a ‘Moment for ANKUR’ and sign our petition.

Ankur Khandelwal was a chartered accountant, working as a Vice President at Credit Suisse company. He was a kind-hearted person, living happily in Pune with his wife and nine-year-old son.

A man named Jovinson James, who was heavily drunk, irresponsibly drove his red polo car no. MH01 AV 9956 over my son CA Ankur Khandelwal in Pune on March 7, 2021, while my son was walking on the footpath along with his wife and nine-year-old son.

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This man with his car squeezed my son at high speed. He was heavily drunk and was driving carelessly at a very high speed. He lost control of his car which turned into the opposite lane over the footpath and collided heavily with Ankur and the boundary wall of society where Ankur got sandwiched between the car and the boundary wall. The impact was so powerful that the boundary wall behind Ankur got destroyed and even vehicles parked inside were damaged.

The accused was drinking and driving and an opened alcohol bottle was found in his car which was sealed by police during the investigation.

Instead of feeling guilty for what he did, the accused misbehaved and shamelessly stated, “SO WHAT IF I AM DRUNK?” in front of 8-10 eyewitnesses after coming out of the car.

Though the Pune police arrested him the accused, he was granted bail on the same day.

The deceased was in great pain. He had fractured both legs, both forearms, right elbow, right arm, shoulder blade with collar bone, multiple ribs and spine fractures, and had chest and abdominal injury resulting in laceration of his abdominal organs. After 18 hours of struggle with life, he took his last breath. We lost a dear one who was very close to us.

Beyond the heartache, grief, and anger we feel towards the driver, we also feel betrayed and frustrated by this country’s legal system. The accused was granted bail on the very same day.

Ankur had too much to cheer in his life and his family’s but their plans and hopes for the future were snatched away on that day.

Death due to drunk driving is a very serious crime. Drinking and driving is no accident, it is a decision! If you are in charge of your vehicle after drinking, then you are a dangerous driver, and driving recklessly should not never be an option.

We want to cancel the accused’s bail and bring him back behind the bars. This is a sheer case of culpable homicide.

Your signature would be a step towards making a change in the right direction. We, the family members of Ankur, ask you to kindly sign the petition and request you to ask your friends to sign as well in order to get the maximum number of signatures possible so that it reaches the deaf ones.”

You can sign the petition at the link below:


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