An auto driver has been sentenced to 10 days in jail for driving in drunken state with the court saying that the imprisonment would deter public transport drivers from doing their jobs under the influence of liquor.
Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) Vikas Dhull ordered that convict Kateshwar Rao, who was out on bail, be taken into custody, to serve the jail term given by the trial court.
"The court can take judicial notice of the fact that accidents involving vehicles being driven under the influence of alcohol are on rise and if no deterrent steps are taken, many innocent lives are going to be lost in accidents.
"Therefore, this court is of the opinion that 10 days' simple imprisonment awarded to the convict (Rao) by the trial court will achieve the desired objective of providing deterrent to Rao and other drivers who drive public transport vehicles under influence of alcohol," the ASJ said.
The sessions court order came on Rao's appeal against the magisterial court's July 18 decision, which had sentenced him to 10 days in jail and imposed a fine of Rs 2,600 on him for driving his auto rickshaw without the driving licence and the uniform and in an inebriated state in West Delhi.
"A person driving a public transport vehicle is required to drive the vehicle in a responsible manner as by driving under the influence of alcohol, not only the life of driver is put at risk but also that of passengers," ASJ Dhull said, upholding the trial court order dated July 18, 2012.