Court refuses to drop choreographer Geeta’s rash driving case

The petition of choreographer Geeta Kapoor in the Bombay High Court seeking to quash a case against her for rash and negligent driving and injuring a pedestrian, has been adjourned after the victim said he was not satisfied with the compensation.   

The 42-year-old choreographer had knocked down Nisar Noormohammed at Vateshwar Naka in Versova on March 12 with the sedan she was driving. The victim was returning to his home in Versova after buying medicines when the incident occurred. She was later arrested and was released on bail.

Geeta, who was a judge of the popular show ‘Dance India Dance’ during its various seasons, has been booked under sections 279 (rash driving) and 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) of the Indian Penal Code.

The choreographer approached the court on Monday claiming that she had reached a financial settlement with the 37-year-old victim Noormohammed who has agreed to drop the case. Geeta’s lawyer Sachin Shetye told the court that after the accident, the choreographer took the victim to Kokilaben Hospital and took care of the medical expenses to the tune of Rs seven lakh.

The advocate further informed that his client had handed over and additional amount of Rs three lakh as compensation to Noormohammed who had fractured his right knee in the accident.

Prosecution counsel Niranjan Mogre, appearing for the victim's family also informed the court that the said cheque has been received.  

However, the court seemed dissatisfied and asked the victim who was also brought to the court in a wheelchair, whether the amount was sufficient. Noormohammed replied that he was an electrician by profession and had been out of work since the accident. “I have two children to look after. The lady (Geeta) has paid for my medical expenses but I am not satisfied,” he added.

The court thereafter, adjourned the petition for two weeks and instructed the involved parties to work out a fresh settlement during this time.