Chennai man arrested for bike race has been ordered to work in hospital’s trauma ward for 30 days

The Madras HC, while granting bail to the 21-year-old, said he was to assist trauma ward workers at Stanley Government Hospital for 30 days.

The Madras High Court on Thursday (March 31) granted bail to a young man arrested for taking part in a “bike race” in Chennai, threatening other motorists and creating a public nuisance. However, bail was granted with the caveat that the man, L Praveen, 21, is assisting trauma ward workers at Government Stanley Medical College and Hospital for 30 days.

Judge G Jayachandran said Praveen would report to the hospital’s on-call doctor in the trauma ward every day at 8 a.m. and stay there until noon. He must help ward workers care for patients for 30 days. In addition, he must submit a daily one-page report on his experience to the doctor on duty and to the dean. They will forward the reports at the end of the 30th day to the Metropolitan Magistrate III in George Town for his assessment, bail conditions set by the High Court detail. The court had said that detention was not necessary in this case and that Praveen could repeat the offenses if released on bail, and therefore set the conditions.

The other conditions provided that Praveen executed a personal bond of Rs 30,000 with two sureties, each for a similar sum to the satisfaction of the III MM. He will appear before the Investigator (IO) as and when required for questioning and must not tamper with evidence or witnesses during the investigation or trial, the judge added.

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According to police, at Mach 20, Praveen and three others were riding two bicycles recklessly near Stanley Hospital towards Moolakothalam in Chennai. This resulted in an accident and caused nuisance and terror in the minds of the general public using the road, police said. The three were arrested the same day.

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