A man sentenced to seven days in jail for driving under the influence has been spared the prison term after he promised a court here that he would neither drive nor consume alcohol for the next six months.
Additional Sessions (ASJ),Judge Pawan Kumar let off the man on probation,after modifying the magisterial court order,which had sentenced him to seven days in jail. The court directed him to surrender his drivers licence for a period of six months.
In the meantime,he shall maintain peace and good behaviour with the additional conditions that he shall not consume alcohol or any other intoxicant for a period of six months from today, the ASJ said.
The man was booked by police on February 17 for driving his car in drunken condition and he accepted his guilt before the magisterial court,which sentenced him to seven days in jail and imposed a fine of Rs 3,000. He later moved the Sessions court,seeking relaxation of punishment,saying that going to jail would harm his reputation.
No doubt alcohol is one of the reasons of road accidents,but it is also true that appellant is a first-time offender and there is nothing on record which may suggest that he had been found earlier driving the vehicle under the influence of liquor, the sessions court ruled.