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Delhi Mercedes hit-and-run case: Accused youth challenges order to try him as adult

New Delhi: A teenager, who allegedly ran over a 32-year-old marketing executive while driving his father's Mercedes in Delhi in April, sought in a Delhi court proper copies of some "deficient and illegible" documents supplied to him with the charge sheet.

Additional Sessions Judge Vimal Kumar Yadav directed the Delhi Police investigating officer to supply the required documents to the youth's counsel.

The court also fixed 21 July for hearing arguments on framing of charges against the youth in the case sent to it by the Juvenile Justice Board which had held that the boy be tried as an adult.

Representational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

Arguments on appeal filed by the boy, who had turned major four days after the April 4 incident, challenging the Board's order to try him as an adult would also be heard on 21 July.

The boy along with his parents was present in the court during the proceedings.

During the hearing, advocate Rajiv Mohan, who appeared for the youth, said the court should hear arguments on his appeal and on framing charges simultaneously.

Special Public Prosecutor Atul Shrivastava said as per the amended provisions of the Juvenile Justice(Care and Protection of Children) Act, the sessions court cannot send back the case to the board and if it thinks that the boy should not be tried as an adult, it has to try the case itself by acting as the board's presiding officer.

Meanwhile, the counsel for victim Siddharth Sharma's family sought copy of the appeal filed by the teenager.

In the appeal, the boy's counsel claimed that at best he could be booked for alleged offence of causing death by rash and negligent act and it was not a case of culpable homicide not amounting to murder for which he has been charged.

It said the boy's previous offences are of traffic violation and not related to accidents. So it's not a ground to convert section 304 A of IPC into section 304 of IPC.

The JJB had on 4 June ordered that the boy would face trial as an adult while observing that the offence allegedly committed by him was "heinous".

It is the first of its kind case since the amendment in the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act 2015 which allowed the Board to transfer cases of heinous offences by children to the sessions court.

The police had on 26 May chargesheeted the boy in JJB for culpable homicide not amounting to murder which entails a maximum of 10 years jail.

Initially, a case under IPC section 304 A was lodged against him but later he was booked for the alleged offence of culpable homicide not amounting to murder and sent to the reform home.

Police had said in its charge sheet that the boy had fatally run over victim Siddharth Sharma with his father's Mercedes when Sharma 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 IPC 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 Board had on April 26 granted bail to the youth who sought the relief to appear in entrance examinations.

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