Delhi hit-and-run case: Teenage Driver to be tried as Adult

The Juvenile Justice Board on Saturday allowed Delhi police to try the juvenile accused of running over 32-year-old Siddharth Sharma as an adult in a trial court. The teenager allegedly ran over a marketing executive while driving his father’s luxury car in April in Delhi.

The Board gave the order based on Section 15 of the amended Juvenile Justice act. The Juvenile justice board said in its order that the accused is in no manner lacking in mental and physical capacity to commit the alleged offence and added that he was mentally healthy at the time of the incident and was aware of the consequences of driving fast.

The Delhi Police had on May 26 chargesheeted 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.

This is possibly the first time a person will be tried under India’s toughened new law on juvenile offenders that said any person between 16 and 18 years old can be tried as an adult in case of heinous crimes such as rape or murder.

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