The judge said he did not agree with the submission of Shankar's counsel that imprisonment would not be fruitful as no reformation occurs in jail, and observed that going by this argument, no convict would be imprisoned.
"Leniency in such like cases by converting the sentence of imprisonment to fine would not only send wrong signals to the society but will also have negative impact on the mindset of the convict, conveying to him that by spending money, he can get away with such offences," the judge said.
Taking a stern view of the issue of drink driving, the court said "drunken driving is not just a prescribed offence but even a severe social menace. A person driving vehicle after consumption of liquor puts not only his own life to risk but also plays with the life of others on roads."
It further said that consequences of such accidents fall on innocent road users and their families and even the families of the drunken drivers.
The court said it does not find any reason to interfere with the punishment awarded by a magisterial court which had sent him to five days in jail, suspended his driving licence for six months and imposed a fine of Rs 2,000.
According to the police, Shankar was caught driving in an inebriated state on the afternoon of March 13.
Shakar had said in his appeal that he was a first time offender and no purpose would be served by sending him to jail as no reformation takes place there.
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