HC quashes FIR against man for rash driving that killed stray dog; says case would mar his career

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Mumbai, Jan 24 (PTI) The Bombay High Court has quashed an FIR filed against a 20-year-old man for rash and negligent driving that resulted in the death of a stray dog, noting that continuance of the criminal proceedings would mar his career and future prospects.


A division bench of Justices Anuja Prabhudessai and N R Borkar in its order of January 16 said the youth had donated Rs 5,000 towards the welfare of stray dogs.

"The petitioner is a young boy of 20 years of age. He is a student of third year engineering and has a good academic record. Continuance of criminal proceedings can mar his career and future prospect," the court said.

As per the police, in October 2023, the man drove his car in a rash and negligent manner in suburban Borivali and crashed into a temporary shed. The accident caused damage to idols being prepared at the shed and also the death of a stray dog.


In his plea, the man sought for the FIR to be quashed and said he has already paid a sum of Rs 2 lakh to the owner of the shed. The owner of the shed submitted to the court that he has amicably resolved the dispute.

The court said this was a fit case to quash the FIR to secure the ends of justice.

The youth was booked for rash driving, acts endangering personal lives and mischief under the Indian Penal Code and provisions of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. PTI SP NP