‘Rashly-driven vehicles like live bombs on roads’
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Last Updated: Thursday, September 01, 2011, 17:19
New Delhi Terming recklessly-driven vehicles on Delhi roads as "live bombs" ready to explode anywhere and anytime, a Delhi court has sentenced a mini-bus driver to six months in jail for killing a cyclist by his rash and negligent driving.

The court said rash and negligent driving, more particularly of commercial vehicles, has become a menace on Delhi roads and many precious and innocent lives are being lost day in and day out.

"It appears that the vehicles are moving around on Delhi roads like live bombs which may explode at any place, at any point of time, endangering other road users," Additional Sessions Judge Virender Bhat said while convicting the erring bus driver Parvesh Kumar.

According to the prosecution, Haryana resident Kumar, while driving his RTV rashly on September 9, 2006 morning at Dwarka, had hit a cyclist who sustained grievous injuries and later died in the hospital.

A police constable, who witnessed the incident, told the court during the trial of the case that it was green signal for cyclists at the traffic intersection and red signal for other vehicles but Kumar jumped the traffic light and hit the victim from the opposite direction.

Kumar approached the sessions court challenging the trial court's order which had sentenced him to six months in jail and imposed a fine of Rs 2,500 on him.

Kumar had sought his release on probation pleading that the accident was caused by some other car, which was ahead of his RTV, but its driver fled the spot after the accident.

But rejecting his plea, the court said "traffic rules are being flouted with impunity by such irresponsible drivers who have turned Delhi roads into deadly spots. One way of curbing this menace is not to show any sympathy to persons like Kumar who drive their vehicle so rashly," ASJ Bhat said.

"In view of the same, I am not inclined to release him on probation," the court added.


First Published: Thursday, September 01, 2011, 17:19

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