HC directs two friends to do community service

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New Delhi, Mar 11 (UNI) In a unique way of punishing, the Delhi High Court today directed two people, accused of firing at their friend, to work in an NGO for one year as repentance.

In an incident, occurred on November 12, 2007 in the Vasant Kunj area three freinds, Kishan Pal, Sunil Kumar and Dharam Bir had a quarrel during which body gaurd of Kishan pal took out his pistol and fired at Dharam Bir.

Though Dharam Bir escaped unharmed, a case of attempted murder was registered againt Kishan Pal and Sunil Kumar. Both were jailed but released on bail later.

After an year, they patched up and now wanted the case to be dropped.

Justice Sanjay kishan Kaul while hearing the plea reprimanded the duo severly, who claimed that they were ''just joking'' and the bullet was fired accidentlly. He directed them to deposit a fine of Rs 10,000 each in the Delhi High court Legal Sevices Committee Cell and serve a social service organisation, "STOP", for one year.

The Court observed, "In my view it is not sense of humour to endanger the lives of your own as well as of a passer-by . In order to repent they must undergo some rehabilitation programme and should serve the NGO 'STOP' for at least a year.

The Judge apart from imposing the fine also directed both the accused to refrain from keeping any armed security guard or any other type of arms with them.

The Judge also directed that the revolver, which is in police custody now, would not be released until they undergo rehabilitation programme with the NGO.

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