Owner of Merc that killed man booked for letting teenage son drive

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Apr 07, 2016 08:52 IST
Grieving Father of 32-year-old Sidharth Sharma business consultant who was killed when a speeding Mercedes car allegedly driven by a teen, hit him while he was crossing the road on Monday night. (Photo by Sonu Mehta/ Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)

The teenager who allegedly crushed 32- year old Siddharth Sharma under his Mercedes spent less than seven hours in jail before being released on bail.

Siddharth Sharma’s father at Nigambodh Ghat crematorium on Tuesday.

But his father, an Old Delhi businessman who deals in wedding cards, was issued a challan under section (5) and 181 of the Motor Vehicles Act for giving the car keys to his son who is not authorised to drive.

The boy, who is just a week away from turning 18, got bail on Wednesday.

Police said that under the MV Act, the teenager’s father, if proven guilty, will spend three months in prison and pay a fine of Rs 1,000.

Siddharth’s father accused the police of going slow and taking action more than 24 hours after his son was killed.

“My son will not come back but this should not happen to anyone. The boy was not supposed to be driving. People will forget this case but if police don’t keep check on these boys, somebody else will die in another road,” he said.

The boy, a Class 12 student at a prominent city school, told the police that he was returning after playing cricket with his friends at the time of the accident.

All seven boys in the car were juveniles, police said. DCP (North) Madhur Verma said that eyewitnesses said the Mercedes car that hit Sharma was speeding when he was crossing the road.

Sharma’s friends and relatives held a candle-light march demanding stricter punishment for the accused and his father.

On Monday night, Sharma was on way to his sister’s house in Civil Lines when the Mercedes hit him.

One of Sharma’s friends told HT: “His father Hemraj Sharma was an engineer in the Navy and served the country during the 1971 war. His grandfather Ratan Chand Dixit was in Subhash Chandra Bose’s army during freedom struggle and had spent 12 years in prison. My friend lost his life and we will not stop protesting till he gets justice.”

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