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Drunken driving: Court sets aside 4-day jail term of convict

Delhi high court

New Delhi:  Taking a lenient view towards a middle-aged man, who was convicted for drunk driving, a Delhi court has set aside the four-day jail term awarded to him by a trial court, on the ground that he had no previous criminal record.

The court, which also observed that drunken driving is a serious offence, however, suspended his driving licence for 10 days.

“No doubt drunken driving is a serious offence which can lead to other offences. However, considering the age of the appellant as well as his social status and that no previous history of any similar offence has been disclosed, a lenient view is taken…the sentence of imprisonment is set aside,” Special Judge Sanjay Sharma said.

The judge, however, did not set aside the fine of Rs 4,000 slapped on him and the same had been paid by the convict.

Convict Bharat Kumar had been sentenced to fours days in jail for committing offence under section 185 (drunken driving) of the Motor Vehicle Act along with the fine.

In his appeal, Kumar, a South Delhi resident, had challenged the order on sentence awarded by a magisterial court, saying he was a middle-aged man, who worked as a driver and was a first time offender.

As per the prosecution, he was found driving drunk with alcohol level in his body beyond permissible limit.

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