Mercedes hit and run case: Juvenile Justice Board to pronounce order today


New Delhi: A Juvenile Justice Board will decide on Saturday if the teenager accused in the Mercedes hit and run case should be tried as an adult who had allegedly run over a 32 year old Siddarth Sharma while driving.

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.

Special Public Prosecutor Atul Shrivastava argued before the JJB that the boy had committed traffic violations earlier also and had “bluffed the court and the police by claiming to be a major”.

He said the boy belongs to the 16-18 age groups 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 charges sheeted 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 culpable homicide not amounting to murder.

The accused allegedly ran over Sharma with his Mercedes in north Delhi’s Civil Lines area on April 4. The Delhi sessions court upheld the order granting bail to the juvenile, saying it is for the JJB to decide how long the child has to be kept in the reform home.