Court ruling on John Abraham's plea against jail term on Mar 9

A Sessions Court today adjourned till March 9 judgement on Bollywood actor John Abraham's plea challenging the 15-day simple imprisonment awarded to him by a lower court in a 2006 case of rash and negligent driving.

Abraham came to the court and left soon after he was told that the matter has been adjourned, police said.

On October 14, 2010, the Metropolitan Magistrate's Court at Bandra convicted the 39-year-old for the incident in which two persons were injured, and sentenced him to a 15-day simple imprisonment. He was granted bail the same day.

A fortnight later, the model-actor filed an appeal in the Sessions Court against the conviction. His appeal stated that "judge has misconstrued and has, without applying the principles relating to the acts of rashness and criminal negligence, convicted the applicant (Abraham)".

The incident dates back to April 8, 2006, when Abraham allegedly rammed his Yamaha Hayabusa bike into a bicycle, injuring two youngsters - Shyam Kasbe (22) and Tanmay Majhi (19) - on Carter Road in suburban Bandra.

The police later booked him under IPC Sections 279 (rash driving or riding on a public way) and 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others).

According to Abraham's application, even the victims "had not made out a case of either criminal negligence or rashness" against him.

"The lower court has relied upon hearsay evidence in convicting the appellant (Abraham)," the appeal said. 

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