Fatehgarh Sahib:The court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Fatehgarh Sahib awarded two years rigorous imprisonment (RI) to a bus driver Jatinder Singh, who was accused of the rash and negligent driving which resulted in the death of 6-year-old boy Jaskaran Singh while he was going to school. It was a five-year-old case in which a case was registered on the statement of Balbir Singh, driver of Lemon World School, Landran (Mohali), against Jatinder Singh, a resident of village Naraingarh (Haryana) and Jagtar Singh, a resident of village Takkipur (Mohali) under Sections 279, 337, 338, 304-A and 109 of the IPC and Section 181 of Motor Vehicle Act on December 16, 2011.
Balbir Singh submitted before police that he used to pick and drop the children from Nogawan, Bassi Pathana and Sirhind to the school and vice versa, daily. On December 16, he as usual was taking the children to school and when he reached near Chunni Kalan, one bus of Continental Group of Institutes, Jalvera came from Chunni side and dashed into his bus. He alleged that other bus was driven in a rash and negligent manner by Jatinder Singh as a result of the collision, many children received injuries and his bus smashed with a tree. Injured were immediately taken to hospital and one of the student Jaskaran Singh was taken to Ivy Hospital, Mohali where he died.
Jatinder Singh ran away from spot but was arrested next day.
During inquiry it was learnt that Jagtar Singh was the main driver of the bus, who was arrested later. After completion of investigation, the present challan was presented against accused Jatinder Singh and Jagtar Singh. The accused pleaded that he had not committed any accident. However, accused did not lead any evidence in the defence.
The court observed that during hearing of the case, it was proved Jagtar Singh handed over the custody of bus to Jatinder Singh for driving the same despite the knowledge that Jatinder Singh was not having any license. Senior lawyer Rajvir Singh Grewal who was one of the eye witnesses submitted before court that the bus of Continental Group was being driven in a rash and negligent manner and as a consequence of which the accident took place.
It was vehemently argued by the prosecution that Jagtar Singh was guilty of having abetted the commission of offence as he had handed over the custody of bus to Jatinder Singh who was the conductor of bus and was not competent to drive the vehicle. During hearing of the case defence counsel maintained that there was dense fog which reduced the visibility to almost zero. The court observed that in such like circumstances when road conditions are such which makes driving difficult, a heavy responsibility rests upon the divers of the vehicles to take utmost care and caution in driving the vehicle specially the public transport. Commonly it is seen that the bus drivers as well as the truck drivers drive the heavy vesicles on the road like daredevils which imperil the life and safety of others. In such conditions as well, they overtake and block the entire road leaving no space for the vehicles coming from the opposite direction. During recent hearing of the case the court held Jatinder Singh guilty of the rash and negligent act and awarded two years sentence and imposed fine of Rs 4,000 and acquitted Jagtar Singh.