The Principal Sessions Court on Tuesday denied bail to a youth who was arrested in connection with drunken driving and causing the death of a person .

In the early hours of November 2, S. Prasanth (27), a resident of Valmiki Nagar, Thiruvanmiyur, drove his car in a drunken condition and ran over a person, who died on the spot.

The Soundarapandinar Angadi police registered a case against him under sections 279 (rash driving or riding on a public way) and 304(II) (punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of Indian Penal Code read with Section 185 (driving by a drunken person) of Motor Vehicles Act. He was arrested and remanded to judicial custody. Prasanth filed the bail petition before the Principal Sessions Court.

In his petition, he had said that he had been in custody for five days but was innocent of the offences. The accident occurred due to the negligence of the driver of an unidentified car, the petition stated.

M.L. Jegan, City Public Prosecutor said the petitioner had consumed alcohol and driven the car in a rash and negligent manner.

Declining to grant bail, the Principal Sessions Judge P. Kalaiyarasan said, “In the case on hand, the petitioner drove the car rashly and negligently in a drunken state with the knowledge that such an act would lead to some untoward thing and death was likely to be caused. There is prima facie case for the offence against the petitioner.”

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