A Juvenile Justice Board on Friday reserved its order on the issue of trying a teenager who had allegedly run over a 32-year-old marketing executive while driving his father’s Mercedes, as an adult in a trial court.
The presiding officer of the board is likely to pronounce the order on Saturday, on the application filed by the Delhi Police seeking transfer of the case to a trial court. The boy became a major just four days after the April 4 incident.
During arguments before the JJB, special public prosecutor Atul Shrivastava said the boy committed traffic violations earlier and had “bluffed the court and the police by claiming to be a major”.
He said the boy belongs to the 16-18 age group and so this offence comes under definition of “heinous crimes.” Therefore, his trial should be transferred to the trial court, he said.
The Delhi Police had on May 26 chargesheeted the juvenile in the JJB for the offence of culpable homicide not amounting to murder. The offence of culpable homicide not amounting to murder entails a maximum of 10 years jail.
Initially, a case under IPC sections 304 A (causing death by rash or negligent act) was lodged against the boy but later on he was booked for the alleged offence of culpable homicide not amounting to murder and sent to the reform home.
The police said in its charge sheet that the boy ran over marketing executive Siddharth Sharma with his father’s Mercedes when the latter was trying to cross a road near Ludlow Castle School in north Delhi on April 4.
The final report was filed for alleged offences under sections 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), 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) against him.
The police also annexed the statements of the witnesses, including that of the youth’s friends supporting its case.
The Board had on April 26 granted bail to the youth who sought the relief to appear in entrance examinations.
The police had said that the car was being driven at a speed of at least 80 km per hour and Sharma was flung several feet into the air by the impact of the crash and landed around 15 metres from where he stood.