For Death Of 27-Year-Old Model In Crash, Top Actor Interrogated: 10 Facts

The police have seized CCTV footage from bars in Kolkata that Vikram Chatterjee and Sonika Singh Chauhan visited that night before the car crash.

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For Death Of 27-Year-Old Model In Crash, Top Actor Interrogated: 10 Facts

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Actor Vikram Chatterjee was issued a notice on May 4 to record his statement by May 10.

Kolkata:  Popular TV actor Vikram Chatterjee has told the police in Kolkata that he did have alcohol but was not drunk on the night of the car crash that killed his companion, model-anchor Sonika Singh Chauhan. Mr Chatterjee, who was driving the car at the time of the accident last month, was questioned by the police till after midnight yesterday. This afternoon, he was back at the police station for more questioning. The case has sharply divided the entertainment industry in Bengal and there is growing public backlash and demands for action against Mr Chatterjee.
  1. Mr Chatterjee was questioned for three hours last night and he was back today at the police station. Police sources say Mr Chatterjee has said he was not drunk or speeding, but tramlines on the road may have caused him to crash.
  2. After partying in at least two nightclubs, Mr Chatterjee was dropping Ms Chauhan home in the early hours of April 29 when the car crashed. He rushed her to hospital but she died 40 minutes later.
  3. Last Friday, the actor told a press meet he was not drunk when the crash took place. The claim cannot be corroborated without forensic tests on his blood. Police say his blood sample was taken on the day of the accident but forensic results are still not in.
  4. The police have seized CCTV footage from the bars that Mr Chatterjee and Ms Chauhan visited that night.
  5. The Kolkata police has been accused of going slow in the case under pressure from powerful members of the Trinamool Congress government.
  6. Mr Chatterjee was also injured in the crash and still has a bandage round his head. On May 4, the day he was released from hospital, he was served notice to record his statement with the police.
  7. The actor has already reported for work on the sets of a Bengali TV serial in which he plays the lead.
  8. Five friends of Ms Chauhan, who were with her shortly before the accident, have also recorded their versions with the police.
  9. Pictures that the model's friends shared on Snapchat have set off a storm. The footage shows Mr Chatterjee with a glass in his hand, but it is not clear whether it was alcohol or a soft drink.
  10. Supporters of both have launched campaigns in Kolkata. A "Justice for Sonika" petition has been launched by activist Pranadhika Sinha and "Voice for Vikram" has been started by the actor's friends.

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