The 16-year-old boy who was apprehended for allegedly mowing down five members of a family on Friday would at the most be sent to an observation home, if found guilty.
He would have to either pay fine or perform community service as provisions under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection) Act, 2000 prohibits any minor from being sent to jail.
The boy’s father, Choudhury Brahm Prakash who reportedly allowed his son to drive the SUV, has been let off with a fine of Rs 1,000. A transporter, Prakash was charged under the Motor Vehicles Act.
“From day one, the police are trying to shield the accused. They have deliberately apprehended a minor boy so that he can be easily let off. A few hours after the accident, the police showed us a man in his mid-twenties as the culprit. On Saturday evening, they said a 16-year-old boy was driving the car. We want justice. I am sure they are hiding the real culprit,” said Mukesh Garg, who lost his 18-year-old daughter and his brother’s family in the accident. Garg also alleged that there were a few liquor bottles in the car that have disappeared mysteriously.
On Friday, Rakesh Garg (55), his wife Uma (53), their two sons Mukul (21), Radhey (10) and niece Tanvi (18) were killed barely a few hundred metres from their Tri Nagar home.
The Gargs were returning home in their Maruti 800 after attending a wedding at Alipur when the accident took place. The police apprehended the minor on Saturday.
Police said the boy, a student of Class X, had fled the scene along with his four friends after the crash. The Scorpio was traced to his father who told the police that he had given the vehicle to his nephew. This correspondent could not contact Prakash for his comment.
“During investigations it was found that the juvenile was at the wheels on Friday. He was returning from a wedding at Jhandewalan along with his friends,” said N.S. Bundela, DCP (northwest).
On Sunday, the minor was produced before a city court and sent to an observation home. He will be produced before the Juvenile Justice Board at Kingsway Camp on Monday.
“Under no circumstances can a minor be sent to jail. On the directions of the Juvenile Justice board, he can be sent to a reformatory home, if proven guilty. If he is given a bail after being produced in the juvenile court, he can go home,” said B.S. Rana, a lawyer.