A sessions court has released a 20-year-old youth, undergoing a three-year sentence for assaulting a neighbour, on probation with to give him a chance to reform.
Additional Sessions Judge VS Murkute released Imran Ali, a Cuff Parade resident, under provisions of the Probation of Offenders Act, primarily on the ground of his young age and the fact that it was his first offence.
Ali was accused of attempting to murder his neighbour Suraj Jamnaprasad on December 12 last year. According to the prosecution case, Jamnaprasad had intervened in a fight between Ali and his friends, after which annoyed Ali went home, fetched a knife and assaulted him.
Suraj survived the brutal attack despite sustaining injuries on his back and abdomen, which led to Ali being booked under section 307 of the Indian Penal Code.
The court, however, found that there was no evidence to show that the accused intended to kill his neighbour and the injuries were sufficient to cause death in natural course.
Ali sought release on probation after the court acquitted him of attempt to murder charge, and instead convicted him for a lighter charge of causing grievous hurt.
He had contended in his probation application that he was student and that he was the only breadwinner for his family.
Acting on his plea for release on probation, Judge Murkute had sought a report from the probation officer, who confirmed that Ali had no antecedents and his conduct was good.
The court released Ali on a bond of good behavior and surety of Rs 10,000. The Cuff Parade resident, according to the terms of his probation, will have to maintain his good conduct for the sentence period. Otherwise, according to the terms of the probation, Ali will have to undergo his sentence term of three years.