Hit and run: Minor offender denied bail

New Delhi, April 19 (IANS) The Juvenile Justice Board on Tuesday dismissed the bail plea of a minor accused in a hit-and-run case in which a 33-year-old business consultant was killed.

According to sources, the Juvenile Justice Board rejected the bail application of the minor, observing that he was a repeat offender. He had been earlier booked in another case of rash driving.

The board observed that the minor had a history of traffic violations which included over-speeding and he was booked for it on June 17, 2015.

He was also booked for driving in violation of traffic regulations on February 25, 2014 and for not wearing a seat belt on September 19, 2014.

On February 16, 2016, he was involved in a minor traffic accident at Maurice Nagar area in north Delhi, which was settled but he put a forged signature on the settlement papers to avoid further detection, the board observed.

The board noted that the challans for the repeated traffic rules violations failed to have any reformative effect upon the juvenile.

The board also pulled up his parents for promoting the minor’s habit of driving cars although he has not attained the age of 18.

The board observed that the car the minor was driving was big and powerful, with immense horse-power.

His father was granted bail by a court on April 10, two days after he was arrested.

Police had apprehended the minor offender on April 5, a day after he killed Sidhharth Sharma by hitting him with his car the previous night when the victim was crossing a road to buy eatables.

The minor was then freed on bail as he was only booked under section 304-A (causing death by negligence) of the Indian Penal Code.

After an uproar and allegations that police officers were going soft on the accused, the police took a U-turn.

The boy’s father was also arrested under section 304 (abetting culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of the IPC for letting his minor son drive even after knowing that he had caused an accident earlier.

Police had earlier told the court that CCTV footage showed that the minor offender was driving his car at a great speed in a residential area.

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