Bus driver sentenced to 2-year-imprisonment

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New Delhi, Dec 1 (UNI) A local court today sentenced a driver of a redline bus, whose services were later banned by the state government, to two-year-imprisonment for rash and negligent driving.

Metropolitan Magistrate Pulaspya Paramachala awarded the sentence to driver Suresh Kumar for causing death of one Ram Dayal by his bus. The sentence came 12-years after the incident.

On May 30, 1995, Kumar while driving a redline bus in rash and negligent manner struck a stationary two wheeler at Vikas Marg red light and injured the riders. Thereafter the driver rode the bus on the central verge divider and killed Ram Dayal.

The charges against the accused were framed on October 17, 1996.

The magistrate while awarding the maximum sentence of two-years to the driver said in this case the nature of offence required deterrent theory of punishment because this has become a routine habit where innocents were being killed everyday by drivers of commercial vehicles.

The court also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on the accused and directed it to be released to the victim's kin.

UNI

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