A Delhi Sessions court, while dismissing a convict’s appeal against a trial court order awarding him a jail term in a drink driving case, observed that a drunk driver is like a “suicide bomber, who has set out to kill himself as well as the other road users”. The court said that such a person was deserving “of a stern sentence”.
Additional Sessions Judge Virender Bhat’s observations came on an appeal filed by one Pawan Kumar, an autorickshaw driver who had challenged a 20-day jail term awarded to him by a magisterial court for drink driving in a crowded area. The court had also imposed a fine of Rs 2,000 on Kumar.
“It won’t be inappropriate to say that a drunk driver is like a suicide bomber, who has set out to kill himself as well as the other road users and thus deserves a very stern sentence which should discourage everyone from driving after alcohol intake,” Bhat said.
He said the “menace of drink driving has assumed alarming proportions” and one of the ways to curb it “was by imposing severe sentence on such offenders”.
“I am of the opinion that the sentence of imprisonment of twenty days imposed upon the appellant is, in no way, harsh or unwarranted,” the judge said.