John Abraham out on bail

MUMBAI: Bombay high court, on Friday granted bail to Bollywood actor John Abraham, in the 2006 case of rash and negligent driving.

Earlier the Sessions court dismissed his plea challenging the 15-day simple imprisonment granted by a trail court in 2010 and ordered his detention following which he was taken into police custody. The judge also rejected Mr Abraham’s plea seeking time to surrender before the trial court. The actor later moved the Bombay High Court against the Sessions court order and sought bail.

The incident happened in 2006 when Mr Abraham’s bike skidded across the road causing minor injuries to two youngsters. The police later booked him under IPC Sections 279 (rash driving or riding on a public way) and 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others). However, according to John’s application, even the victims “had not made out a case of either criminal negligence or rashness” against him.

Justice RC Chavan, of the High court, ordered Mr Abraham’s release while suspending his sentence on a bail of Rs 20,000. “Considering the fact that the victims suffered only simple injuries and the accused has been on bail throughout, he (John) may be released on bail,” he said.

The actor’s counsel Abad Ponda earlier said no negligence or rashness in driving was shown by Abraham and the injuries to the two victims were simple in nature. He said the actor had himself taken the victims to the hospital after the accident.

When the judge asked if Abraham had tried to settle the matter with the injured, his lawyer said attempts to sort out the issue failed to fructify. “Since the accused is a celebrity, such matters get publicised and hence a settlement could not be worked out,” Ponda said.

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