The anchor sat through the entire session at Goshamahal, which was three hours long.

After drunk driving on New Years eve TV anchor Pradeep attends counselling
news Crime Tuesday, January 09, 2018 - 07:54

Popular Telugu anchor Pradeep Machiraju, who was caught by the Hyderabad Police while driving drunk on New Year's Eve, attended a counselling session at the Goshamahal Police Training Center, accompanied by his father, on Monday.

The anchor arrived at around 3 pm, and sat through the entire session which was three hours long.

As mediapersons had gathered at the Begumpet Center, Pradeep attended the session at Goshamahal, following which authorities released a video clip to reporters.

The police also said that a chargesheet had been filed, and the anchor would get his car back only after the court finishes hearing the matter.

All vehicle owners who were caught on New Year's Eve for the first time, were mandated to attended counselling either at the Traffic Training Institute in Begumpet or Goshamahal. 

Last week, as news began spread on social media that he was 'absconding', the anchor put out a video to clarify the matter.

"We all know what happened in December 31. As per law, I'm following all proceedings since then. As per the instructions I have received, I will attend counselling and the proceedings that will follow," he said.

"However, I had prior shooting commitments, due to which I had to attend to certain things. This has left people worried that I'm not available. That is not the case. I may have missed some important calls since I was busy. I will follow everything as per law," he added.

Pradeep was caught by the police when they undertook a special drive to prevent drunken driving on New Year’s Eve. 

His blood test showed he had 178 mg/ml, compared to the permissible limit of 30 mg/ml.

Pradeep began his career as a Radio Jockey for Radio Mirchi before gaining fame with Konchem Touchlo Unte Chepta, a popular celebrity talk show on Zee Telugu. 

 

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