June 12, 2019

Drunken Driving: Court Orders Man To Serve At Old-Age Home Instead Of Going to Jail

[ By Titus Manickam Rock ]


A Delhi court ordered a sole bread earner of his family sentenced to two days imprisonment for drunk driving instead to serve at an Old-Age Home in New Delhi for two weeks. Additional Sessions Judge Sonu Agnihotri modified the sentence considering that going to jail will ruin his life and he might lose his job at a reputed multinational company. The court also modified the order of permanent cancellation of his driving licence to suspension for six months.

The judge stressed the right to safe passage of people in his judgment. The driver was ordered to file daily photographs of doing seva after the period of two weeks and certify his presence in the Old Age Home by the Manager of the Old-Age Home along with a conduct report. The court added a rejoinder that should the appellant give a miss, the order of two-day simple imprisonment shall stand retrieved.

The appellant was found driving under the influence of alcohol on the night of February 22. The quantity of liquor consumed was found to be 550 mg/100 ml much beyond the permissible limit of 30mg/100 ml. He appeared before the Magistrate on March 22 and pleaded guilty.

According to the appellant, the quantity of alcohol was wrongly recorded by the police as 550 mg and he was not heavily drunk and was returning from an office party in Gurugram. The sessions court however held that having pleaded guilty before the magisterial court he could not challenge his sentence. However, it viewed his case leniently and modified his sentence as he did not have any conviction earlier and he was the sole bread winner in his family.

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