NEW DELHI: Delhi Police on Saturday said the Juvenile Justice Board’s (JJB) decision to treat the minor who ran over 33-year-old Siddharth Sharma with his father’s Mercedes car as an adult will set the right precedent.
In an eight-page plea drafted by the prosecution on behalf of Delhi Police, the JJB was urged to try the minor as an adult. The investigators said the juvenile had the ability to understand the consequences of the offence and that he was allegedly a habitual offender.
The police believed the minor should be tried under sections of culpable homicide and abetment as he had been driving the car for the past three years and had been previously warned against rash and negligent driving.
According to the police, the juvenile allegedly had a history of traffic violations that his father was aware of. He had been issued challans three times for traffic violations.
The boy was allegedly involved in an accident on February 16 this year in Maurice Nagar where he ‘settled’ the matter. He was too driving a Mercedes and was allegedly not carrying any license or RC. To avoid prosecution, he gave out a false name to the police later.
The police said it was important to bring to the board’s notice he was not just any other innocent juvenile. The police said they drafted the application after consulting a team of lawyers to put forth the right picture.
“No one should be allowed to play with the law like this. The minor had regularly been going to his school and back home in his car,” a police source said.
The investigators said since he was only four days short of turning 18, he should not be given the benefit of being a juvenile. “The purpose of the Juvenile Justice Act is to protect juveniles in conflict with law, who are innocent and not mature enough. In this case he is mentally capable of understanding the consequences of his act,” a police officer said.
DCP, North, Madhur Verma said the police had to ensure that the suspects in such cases did not receive any leniency. “The act committed by him comes under the category of ‘heinous offences’. Since he has been a habitual offender he is liable to be treated as an adult. The board took the right decision.”
The minor, the application mentioned, was a habitual smoker. The police also said that his family owned five premium cars of which an Audi Q7, Mercedes and Porsche had been involved in accidents earlier.