Court lets off bicycle thief on probation

A Delhi court on Friday let off a man accused of bicycle theft on probation, considering his socio-economic condition after the accused pleaded guilty and promised not to repeat the crime.

Metropolitan Magistrate Ashu Garg let off the accused, Ravi Kumar, and gave him a chance to reform himself. The court asked the accused to pay a fine of Rs. 3,500.

The court gave Ravi Kumar three weeks time to pay the fine after he said that he did not have enough money to pay it at present. The magistrate said: “Considering the socio-economic condition of the convict and the fact that he was not a convict previously, a lenient view has been taken against him.”

The court observed that the accused is a poor person and has voluntarily pleaded his guilt as he wishes to reform himself.

According to the prosecution case, Ravi, on the intervening night of August 6-7, 2006 had stolen a cycle. The court framed charges against him for the offence of the theft on March 18, 2008.

The accused pleaded guilty and requested the court to let him off. Ravi told the court that he would not repeat the crime, adding that he is bread winner for his family.

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