alcohol could be smelt on him
Dalip Tahil was sentenced to two months in prison for a drink driving incident.
The incident took place in 2018. Dalip had rammed his car into an auto rickshaw, causing two passengers to be injured.
Dalip attempted to flee, but the passengers reportedly chased him. The actor allegedly got violent with them, pushing them around.
He was arrested after the police were called.
The passengers were later identified as Jenita Gandhi and Gaurav Chugh.
Upon his arrest, Dalip Tahil apparently refused to give authorities blood samples in order for them to ascertain whether he had been driving under the influence of alcohol.
Detailing the impact of the incident, the police said:
“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 auto-rickshaw 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.”
Although Dalip refused to give blood samples, a medical testimony said alcohol could be smelt on him. His pupils were also dilated.
Users on X were quick to react to the sentencing. Some questioned the delay in sentencing in such cases.
Many compared Dalip’s case to Salman Khan’s hit-and-run incident.
In 2002, Salman crashed his car into a bakery and as a result, one person sleeping on the pavement died.
Although Salman was convicted and sentenced to five years in prison, this verdict was overturned in 2015, due to a lack of evidence.
Reacting to Dalip Tahil’s sentence on X, one user wrote:
“The irony of Indian judicial system.
“In simple Drunk & Drive case…it takes 5 yrs.
“Salman Khan case still going on. Bollywoodyas, politicians gets edge here…ALWAYS.”
The irony of Indian judicial system.
In simple Drunk & Drive case…it takes 5 yrs.
Salman Khan case still going on
Bollywoodyas, politicians gets edge here…ALWAYS
— Deepak Sonar (@deepaksonar911) October 22, 2023
Dalip Tahil is yet to react to his sentencing. The veteran actor has garnered attention for his humorous Instagram posts.
He is known for his extensive work in Bollywood, in which he mostly played supporting roles.
One of his first notable roles in Bollywood was in Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988) which marked the debut of Aamir Khan.
In the film, he starred as Dhanraj Singh.
He also featured in classics such as Baazigar (1993), Darr (1993), Kaho Naa…Pyaar Hai (2000) and Race (2008).
He also extended his work beyond India. In 2003, he appeared in the BBC soap EastEnders as Dan Ferreira.
However, Dalip Tahil prematurely departed from the show due to work visa issues.