Mercedes Hit-And-Run: Juvenile Justice Board Denies Bail To Minor, Blames Parents

19/04/2016 9:08 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST
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The Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) today denied bail to a minor boy, who had allegedly run over a 32-year-old man with his father's Mercedes, observing that he was a repeat offender and blaming his parents for allowing him to drive at such an age.

Sources privy to the proceedings said the board pulled up the parents of the boy, who has just turned major, saying they had promoted his habit of driving even when he was minor.

They said the JJB observed that repeated traffic rule violation challans failed to have any "reformative effect" upon the juvenile and it seemed his parents did not care.

They said the board has held the juvenile a repeat offender and added that parents gave him a car which endangered lives of others, which was bad parenting.

The sources said the board noted that youth was challaned four times for violating traffic rules relating to over- speeding, not wearing seat belt and involvement in a minor traffic accident at Maurice Nagar in north Delhi.

The incident took place on April 4 when marketing executive Siddharth Sharma was trying to cross a road near Ludlow Castle School and the speeding Mercedes hit him.

A case under IPC sections 304 A (causing death by rash or negligent act), 279 (driving on a public way so rashly or negligently as to endanger human life) and 337 (causing hurt by an act which endangers human life) was lodged.

The police booked the juvenile for the alleged offence of culpable homicide not amounting to murder and he was sent to the reform home.

The youth had sought bail on the ground that it was his right and claimed that the victim was also at fault as he was crossing the road in a wrong manner.

The Delhi Police, however, opposed his plea saying he was involved in such incidents previously also.

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