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Porsche hit-and-run case: Will Juvenile Justice Board try accused boy as adult? Decision likely today

The Juvenile Justice Board had previously granted bail to the accused teenager in connection with the case. The Board's order came under serious criticism online as it ordered the boy to write an essay on road accidents as one of the bail conditions.

Edited By: Ashesh Mallick @asheshmallick07 Pune Published on: May 22, 2024 10:18 IST
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Porsche hit-and-run case: The Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) will deliver its order on Wednesday (May 22) on Pune Police’s application which sought a review of its decision on May 19 to grant bail to the 17-year-old boy in connection with a Porsche hit-and-run incident that killed two software engineers in the Kalyani Nagar area in the city on Sunday. The police moved a review plea under section 104 of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection) Act urging that the minor be tried as an adult as he committed a heinous crime.

The police on May 20 said that they will seek a higher court's permission to try as an adult a 17-year-old boy whose car allegedly knocked down and killed two persons, but the sessions court asked them to first exhaust the review option before the JJB. The police then filed a review plea before the JJB.

Porsche accident case

The accident took place on early morning on May 19. The Board’s decision to grant the youngster bail on the same day while asking him to write an essay on road accidents drew massive criticism on social media.

The youngster, son of a real estate developer, was drunk at the time of the accident, police claimed on May 20. A case has been registered against him under section 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder ) of the Indian Penal Code and sections of the Motor Vehicles Act.

A group of friends were returning on motorbikes around 3.15 am on Sunday after a party when a speeding luxury car hit one of the motorcycles at Kalyani Nagar junction. The two riders — Anis Awadhiya and Ashwini Costa — died of their injuries.

What did the Board order say?

The youngster, who was allegedly driving the car and was beaten by the locals after the accident, the video of which went viral, was produced before the Juvenile Justice Board which granted him bail. The board also directed him to visit the Regional Transport Office and study all the rules and regulations, and submit a presentation to the Board within 15 days.

"The CCL (Child in Conflict with Law) will write an essay of 300 words on the topic of road accidents and their solutions," the order read.

The board also directed the youth to assist RTO officers for 15 days and submit a report. He should be referred to an alcohol de-addiction centre for counselling, it said.

"On Sunday itself we had moved an application before the court (board) seeking permission to try the juvenile as an adult and send him to an observation home as the crime is heinous, but the plea was rejected. We are now approaching the sessions court with the same plea," said Pune police commissioner Amitesh Kumar earlier.

"The CCTV footage of the bar clearly shows that the juvenile was consuming alcohol. There is no doubt that the juvenile was driving the car after consuming alcohol. We will be submitting all these facts to the court," commissioner Kumar added.

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