HC upholds John Abraham jail term, releases him on probation


May,07 2012 17:28 36 IST

Mumbai: The Bombay High Court today upheld the 15-day imprisonment handed to Bollywood actor John Abraham for rash and negligent driving and injuring two persons in 2006, but released him on probation after it took a lenient view.

John will not spend time in jail as the court has released him on probation under the Probation of Offenders Act.

"It is the responsibility of the driver to see to it that the vehicle is under his control at all times so as to avoid such sudden accidents. Hence, it cannot be said that the lower court's order of conviction was incorrect. There is no ground made out to set aside the conviction," Justice R C Chavan

The actor had taken the two injured persons to the hospital after the accident. Reuters

The court, however, said that considering the background of the convict and that he is not involved in any other crime, John can be given relief under the Probation of Offenders Act.

"The applicant can be given benefit of the Probation of Offenders Act and can be released on probation on his furnishing of bond of Rs 10,000," Justice Chavan directed.

The court has also directed the actor to pay a compensation of Rs 10,000 each to the two injured victims.
The two victims and their families today filed an affidavit in court that they have no objection to the
conviction being quashed as they have reached at a settlement with the actor.

The court, however, held that quashing of a case due to settlement between the parties cannot be done after completion of trial and conviction being upheld by the sessions court.

The actor will have to pay the compensation amount by this week.

John's motorbike had skidded and knocked down two persons in suburban Khar on 7 April, 2006. The actor had taken the injured persons-- Shyam Kasbe and Tanmay Majhi -- to hospital. The duo were discharged later.

In October last year, John was sentenced to 15-day jail term by a sessions court following which the actor had filed an appeal in the Bombay High Court.