Delhi hit-and-run case: Teenager charged with culpable homicide
The 17-year-old boy who allegedly knocked dead a man with his father’s Mercedes in Civil Lines in the capital has now been charged with culpable homicide considering his past record of negligent driving, police said on Saturday. “On examination of CCTV footage, the possibility of knowledge to the accused juvenile offender that his extremely fast driving in a residential area can cause a death cannot be ruled out,” DCP (North) Madhur Verma said. “Further, during investigation it emerged that it was not the first offence of rash and negligent driving by this accused juvenile. In the past too he was found driving in a rash and negligent way, thereby causing a road accident with another vehicle,” he said.
According to a police statement released yesterday, the juvenile was fined for dangerous driving in March as well. He was also challaned thrice – for over-speeding in April and June and wrong parking in February.
“It was not the first offence of rash and negligent driving by the juvenile. In the past also, he has been found driving rash and had an accident with another vehicle,” the statement read.
Considering his past records of negligent driving, police added section 304 of IPC to the FIR.
“Keeping in mind certain facts, the death of Siddharth Sharma is a case of culpable homicide not amounting to murder and, hence, section 304 of IPC has been added in the FIR,” said Verma.
Since the juvenile turned 18 yesterday, it is now for the Juvenile Justice Board to decide the next course of action. The board may (a) release him again on bail (b) send him to juvenile home (c) or under the amended JJ Act, send him to prison since the teenager has history of rash driving.
Meanwhile, Delhi Police arrested the juvenile’s father Manoj Aggarwal, an Old Delhi-based businessman who lives with his family at a posh apartment in Civil lines area, under Sections 109/304 (abetment to culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of IPC. He will be produced in a local court today.