An Indian man living in New Zealand tried to bribe his way out after he was caught and charged with drinking and driving. 27-year-old Gurwinder Singh from India had a blood alcohol level of 100 milligrams per 100 milliliters of blood which is twice as high as the legal limit.
According to reports, in May 2019, Gurwinder Singh, an essential workers visa holder from India, was caught for drinking and driving, and upon being charged he tried to offer the reprimanding officer $200 to discontinue the process. The case went to court which has ruled that he will be deported to his homeland.
In December 2020, Singh was detained for three months, pending a court hearing, and received a sentence in February this year. In the sentence, he was served a six months’ home detention, disqualification from driving for six months, and will have to pay $170 dollars as a fine.
Furthermore, he also received a deportation liability notice in February which called into question his character due to the nature of his crime.
Singh, who had been in New Zealand for 7 years for work, tried to appeal to the court on humanitarian grounds, saying that he will have trouble finding a new job back in India, especially with the COVID-19 crisis, but his appeal was rejected.
The appeal included a statement from his current employer about the importance of his work as well as words from co-workers who stated that he was a hardworking and trustworthy person. However, after note, it was seen that his accomplishments and community involvement in New Zealand were “modest” at best.
In New Zealand, the punishment for irresponsible drinking and driving is imprisonment of up to three months, and for instances like bribery, it can go up to 7 years.
As it stands, he has currently been given a three-month work visa to get his affairs in order before returning to India.
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