In a partial reprieve for actor John Abraham,the Bombay High Court on Monday released him on probation under the Probation of Offenders Act,1958 in a rash driving case that dates back to 2006. However,the court upheld the verdict of the trial court which pronounced him guilty in the case.
Abraham has been asked to pay a bond of Rs 10,000. He has also been asked to pay Rs 10,000 each as compensation to two persons who were injured in the incident. The amount is to be paid within a week.
While granting Abraham probation,Justice R C Chavan noted that he had not been involved in any such incident earlier.
Justice Chavan observed that if Abraham lost control of his motorbike and hit persons neraby,it made for a case under Section 279 of the Indian Penal Code (rash driving). It cannot be said that the view taken by the trial judge is incorrect. There is no ground made out to set aside the conviction.
The actor had moved the High Court in October last year after a sessions court held him guilty and sentenced him to 15 days’ imprisonment. In his application,he claimed that the incident happened in a sudden manner,which led him to lose control of his vehicle. The actors lawyer also argued in the High Court that he should not given an excessively harsh punishment merely because he was a public personality and an example was sought to be made of him.
The court,meanwhile,refused to quash the case against Abraham on account of settlement between the parties,saying that it could not be done at such a late stage,when he has already stood trial and has been convicted.
The incident took place in October 2006 in the late evening hours in Khar,when Abrahams motorcycle skidded and hit two persons Shyam Kasbe and Tanmay Majhi. The actor took them to a nearby hospital,where they received treatment and were later discharged.