Merc hit-and-run case: Accused teen to be questioned at accident spot

  • PTI, New Delhi
  • Updated: Apr 11, 2016 23:20 IST
A 32-year-old Siddharth Sharma was killed by this speeding Mercedes car allegedly driven by a teen in New Delhi last week. (Sonu Mehta/ HT Photo)

The juvenile who allegedly ran his father’s Mercedes over a 32-year-old man in Delhi’s Civil Lines area, will be taken to the accident spot and questioned by a juvenile welfare officer for the next two days, the police said.

A senior police official said the juvenile was sent to two days in “police custody” by the Juvenile Justice Board on Monday.

“Unlike normal police remand in which the accused persons can be interrogated for the whole day, the juvenile will be made available only from 10 am to 6 pm. At other times, he will be at the juvenile home, though technically in police custody,” the official said.

During the remand period, he will be taken to the accident spot and asked a wide range of questions.

Family members and friends protest for #JusticeforSidd at Central Park in Connaught Place in New Delhi on Sunday. (Sanjeev Verma/ HT Photo)

He could not be questioned on Monday because of the time constraint. The eight-hour slot would apply for on Tuesday and Wednesday, following which his “police custody” would end, the official said.

Meanwhile, the police are also preparing to challenge the bail granted to the juvenile’s father on Sunday. While the son has been booked for culpable homicide not amounting to murder, the father was booked for abetment to the offence.

The teenager was again held by the police on Sunday after he went to surrender at a Delhi court, where his father and the man, who had once claimed to be the driver of the Mercedes at the time of the accident, were produced.

While the teenager was sent to a juvenile home, his father (arrested on Friday) and the other man (arrested yesterday) were granted bail.

The man who had claimed to be the driver and later retracted her statement, was arrested under section 203 (giving false information respecting an offence committed) of the IPC. Police said the juvenile turned 18 years old on April 8.

The incident took place on April 4 when 32-year-old marketing executive Siddharth Sharma was trying to cross a road near Ludlow Castle School and the speeding Mercedes hit him.

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