Relief for John Abraham in rash driving case

Relief for John Abraham in rash driving case

Upholding the 15-day imprisonment awarded to actor John Abraham for injuring two persons in a rash driving case six years back, The Bombay High Court on Monday released him on probation under the Probation of Offenders Act.

“It is the responsibility of driver to see that the vehicle is under control at all times so as to avoid such accidents. Hence it cannot be said that the lower court's conviction order was incorrect and therefore there is no ground to set aside the conviction,” said Justice R C Chavan, while delivering the verdict.

“However, considering the convict's background and the fact that he is not involved in any other crime, John can be given relief under the Probation of Offenders Act and released on probation after furnishing a bond of Rs 10,000,” he said.

The court also directed Abraham to pay a compensation of Rs 10,000 to each of the two victims, who, in turn, submitted a n affidavit stating that they had no objection to the ruling as “they have already reached a settlement with John Abraham.”

However, the court did not quash the case since “the conviction being upheld by the Sessions Court-l precludes quashing of case, irrespective of settlement taking place after the completion of trial.”

On April 7, 2006, Abraham lost control of his Yamaha Hayabusa motor bike and injured Shyam Kasbe and Tanmay Majhi. Instead of fleeing the spot, the actor had taken the injured to a nearby hospital.

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

In 2010, a trial court awarded him a 15-day simple imprisonment sentence. He was granted bail on the same day. The actor thereafter moved the sessions court challenging the conviction.

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