Bengali actor Vikram Chatterjee, who was arrested on July 7 in connection with the death of model-turned-anchor Sonika Singh Chauhan, has been sent to judicial custody till July 24, news agency ANI reported on Monday. The decision was pronounced by the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Alipore Court.

Vikram was arrested on July 8 by a special police team after being absconding and trying to distort the facts. He was charged with culpable homicide under section 304 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) in connection with the death of Sonika Chauhan.

According to Kolkata police, Vikram was driving the car at a very high-speed and was under the influence of alcohol when the incident happened.

Sonika Chauhan was killed while Vikram Chatterjee was seriously injured in a road accident in south Kolkata on April 29 this year.

The SUV driven by Chatterjee had rammed into a pavement on the Rash Behari Avenue.

Sonika had died on the spot while Chatterjee sustained injuries on the shoulder and head.

The incident raised a storm in Bengal’s film industry with friends demanding a strong action against Vikram.