A 23-year-old man who was convicted for drink driving and was sentenced to seven months in prison moved the sessions court on Thursday to appeal against the verdict.
In his appeal, Sohrab Ansari (name changed), a repeat offender claimed that the magistrate court had not followed the prescribed procedure while convicting him.
“The magistrate only asked Ansari if he had consumed alcohol and sentenced him to seven months in prison. My client was not asked whether he pled guilty or not,” said advocate Tej Bahadur Thakur.
Thakur also alleged that the constable who had arrested Ansari did not register a complaint against him. “Ansari was only asked to remain present in court two days after he was first caught. No complaint was lodged against Ansari. These are legitimate grounds for an appeal,” said Thakur.
Ansari, who had been arrested for drink driving on one occasion previously, was arrested by the Santacruz traffic division on July 23 and released on bail after paying Rs 2,000. On July 25, he was convicted and sentenced to simple imprisonment. His license was suspended permanently.