Traffic cop gets six months’ jail for being drunk on duty in 2014

ST Correspondent
Thursday, 26 July 2018

During the trial, Gadge, who has been removed from the job, pleaded not guilty and claimed to be tired

Pune: A magisterial court sentenced a traffic police naik to six months imprisonment for being drunk on duty and behaving in a disorderly manner at Kirad square in 2014 during election bandobast duty. 

Judicial Magistrate (First Class) Tejaswini Nirale also imposed a fine of Rs 2,000 on Police Naik Deepak Shivajirao Gadge (43), a resident of BT Kawade Road.

On October 14, 2014, around 1 pm the police control room received information about misbehaviour by a traffic policeman in uniform, at Kirad square near the petrol pump. A police team was sent there and they found Gadge in uniform. He was under influence of liquor and was speaking loudly on the road. He was on election bandobast duty. They shifted him to Sassoon Hospital for medical treatment. The medical officer gave a certificate stating that Gadge had consumed liquor and was acting under the influence of liquor. 

Later, based on a complaint from API Avinash Pawar, who was on duty in control room then, an FIR was registered against Gadge with Bundgarden police station for offences under sections 85 (1) (penalty for being drunk and for disorderly behaviour) and 66(1)(b) of the Bombay Prohibition Act. After the chemical analysis report by a forensic lab showed that 0.126 per cent of alcohol was found in the blood and urine sample of the accused, a charge sheet was filed against him.

During the trial, Gadge, who has been removed from the job, pleaded not guilty and claimed to be tired. 

In her judgement, the magistrate stated, “The accused was on duty on a relevant day. He is a police personnel and the responsible person. He behaved in a disorderly manner in a public place.”

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