Akash Mukhopadhyay, son of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Roopa Ganguly, was detained on Thursday night for driving allegedly in an inebriated state and risking lives of many people.
He has been arrested on charges of driving dangerously as many people had a near escape from being hit, police sources said.
Locals claimed many people had a narrow escape as the vehicle was being driven at a breakneck speed. The car crashed into the boundary wall, breaking a portion of it, with the driver trapped inside.
The incident happened when 20-year-old Akash, while taking a turn, rammed his black sedan into the wall of Royal Calcutta Golf Club in the posh Golf Garden area near the BJP MP's south Kolkata house.
Mukhopadhyay came out of the car unscathed with the help of his father, who rushed out of their apartment nearby on hearing the commotion, the sources said.
He was then taken to the Jadavpur police station by cops, as the locals alleged that he was driving in an inebriated condition.
“Investigation is going on and the man is being questioned,” a source at the police station said.
In a tweet, Ganguly said the law should take its own course.
“My son has met with an accident near MY RESIDENCE. I called police to tke care of it with all legal implications... No favours/ politics plz. I love my son & will tk cr of him BUT, LAW SHOULD TAKE ITS OWN COURSE (sic),” she said.
Tagging Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the tweet, the Rajya Sabha member said in Hindi, “I don’t commit any wrong, neither do I tolerate one. I am not up for sale.