We are all survivors of accidents,Bombay High Court (HC) said Thursday,as it denied relief to a man sentenced to three months in jail for rash and negligent driving on July 29,2006.
HC cited Supreme Court rulings to say leniency could not be shown in such cases. Justice S C Dharmadhikari said,You have made the roads so unsafe. Anytime you can take a human life. HC was hearing a revision application filed by 31-year-old Mahesh Teli.
One Nilesh Jagtap had lodged a complaint at Salgar Vasti police station in Solapur that his car ran out of fuel near Pratapsingh Nagar. As he was waiting,a dark blue Mahindra pick-up driven by Teli hit cycle rider Nagnath Gaikwad and his car before turning turtle.
Gaikwad died after spending 21 days in hospital. Justice Dharmadhikari said Jagtap was lucky to survive. If he was not inside his car he too would have met the same fate as Gaikwad. Refusing to entertain the revision application of Teli,HC said a message had to be sent to those driving recklessly. Teli said the three-month sentence was severe and that instead of sending him to jail in the company of hardened criminals he should be asked to do community service.
His lawyer told the court Teli was the sole bread-winner of his family and his mother was ailing. Additional public prosecutor Dinesh Adsule countered that Teli had not submitted documents or medical records to show his mother was seeking treatment.
A magistrate had sentenced Teli to six months imprisonment in 2007. The Solapur sessions court later modified the sentence to three months imprisonment. Subsequent appeals allowed Teli liberty for more than five years. If any extension is granted to the liberty,it is likely to be misused, HC said. The court allowed Teli to be released from jail for a month to make necessary arrangements for treatment of his mother but made it clear he will have to surrender to police after that and serve remainder of his sentence.