HC orders drunken drivers to distribute safe driving pamphlets as a condition for Bail.

Madras Highcourt recently directed a man booked for drunken driving to distribute pamphlets “against Drunken Driving” every day for the next two weeks at the Adyar L.B. Road junction. as a condition for granting conditional bail. (Deepan vs State).

While granting bail to the accused, Justice AD Jagadish Chandira directed the accused to report to the police and distribute pamphlets.

The petitioner shall report before the respondent Police, every day at 9.00 am and 5.00 pm and he shall distribute the pamphlets against “Drunken Driving” at the LB Road Junction, Chennai everyday from 9.00 a.m. to 10.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m., for a period of two weeks and thereafter, report before the respondent Police as and when required,” the bench directed.

In the instant case, police arrested the accused Deepan on 23rd August 2022 on charges of drunken driving and causing injuries to the pedestrians. The counsel for the petitioner submitted before the court that the victims have been discharged from the hospital therefore the petitioner should be granted bail as he has to look after his family as well.

The respondent, on the other hand, opposed the bail, saying the petitioner, who was arrested and remanded in judicial custody on August 23, was in an inebriated condition & had driven his vehicle in a rash and negligent manner and hit three pedestrians. He had also fled the spot.

After considering the facts & circumstances of the case, including the one that he had a family to take care of and the three injured persons, who had recovered and were back home, the bench was inclined to grant bail with certain conditions.

The bench directed Deepan to furnish a bond of ₹25,000 with two sureties for a like sum, to the satisfaction of the IV Metropolitan Magistrate, Saidapet, Chennai.

Justice Chandira also directed Deepan to distribute pamphlets against drunken driving for an hour in the morning and another in the evening every day for the next two weeks.

Advocate D Arun appeared for the petitioner while advocate CE Pratap represented the respondent.

Source: Bar & Bench

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