Madras High Court’s Unique Punishment For Man Convicted Of Drink-Driving

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A man who drove a four-wheeler under the influence of alcohol and injured three pedestrians, should distribute pamphlets against drunk-driving for two weeks at a busy city junction till he realises the danger involved in such acts, the Madras High Court has ruled.
Justice A D Jagadish Chandra gave a direction to this effect while granting bail to a youth, who was arrested for causing injuries to three pedestrians while driving in an inebriated condition.

He shall be released on bail on his executing a bond for ₹ 25,000 with two sureties for a like sum to the satisfaction of the IV Metropolitan Magistrate in Saidapet, the judge said.

The prosecution, which opposed grant of bail contended that the petitioner, who was arrested and remanded in judicial custody on August 23, had driven his vehicle in a rash and negligent manner and hit three pedestrians causing them injuries. He had also fled the scene.

However, considering the facts and circumstances of the case including the one that he had a family to take care of and the three injured persons had recovered and were discharged from hospital, the judge granted him conditional bail.

The petitioner should report before the Adyar police station for two weeks every day and distribute pamphlets from 9-10 am and from 5-7 pm, and thereafter, report before the police as and when required, the court said.

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