Over five years after Alistair Pereira, driving under the influence of alcohol, ran over 15 labourers sleeping on a Carter Road pavement killing seven of them, the Supreme Court yesterday upheld a Bombay High Court verdict awarding him a three-year jail sentence.

The apex court bench of Justice RM Lodha and Justice JS Khehar cancelled the bail bond of Pereira (25), son of a businessman, and directed him to surrender.

Having upheld Pereira's conviction and sentence, Justice Lodha said, "Seven precious human lives were lost by the act of the accused. For an offence like this which has been proved against the appellant, sentence of three years awarded by the high court is too meagre and not adequate but since no appeal has been preferred by the state, we refrain from considering the matter for enhancement."