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Assist traffic cops at busy signal for 5 days,court tells man convicted of drink driving

A Dwarka Sessions court has come up with a novel way to reform an auto driver convicted of driving in an inebriated condition.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: May 3, 2012 1:21:16 am

A Dwarka Sessions court has come up with a novel way to reform an auto driver convicted of driving in an inebriated condition. While he was earlier sentenced by a magistrate to seven days’ imprisonment,the sessions court directed instead,that he spend five days assisting police at busy traffic signals so that he could “learn the norms of civic society”. Additional Sessions Judge asked Inderpuri resident Mohan Lal to report to the Southwest area DCP (Traffic) for five days starting on May 2.

“Seven days is modified and now the appellant (Lal) is directed to report to the DCP (Traffic),Southwest,at 9 am on May 2. The DCP will depute him to assist traffic personnel at any busy traffic signal under his jurisdiction…,” the court said.

Lal had come to the Sessions court seeking leniency after a magistrate had earlier sentenced him to seven days in jail and a fine of Rs 2,000 for driving his vehicle in an inebriated state on February 13 and for not carrying a valid insurance. Lal pleaded for leniency for the sake of his wife and young children and said he would not repeat the offence in future. He also vowed to do social work.

The court noted that Lal was a first-time offender and as such he deserved a chance to mend himself. “He has no criminal record. Keeping in view the facts and circumstances of the case,it would meet the ends of justice if Lal is given an opportunity to mend himself and learn the norms of civic society,” the judge said.

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