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Pune Porsche accident: Devendra Fadnavis expresses shock over Juvenile Justice Board's lenient approach

In Pune Porsche accident, the court had remanded the accused - Naman Pralhad Bhutda, the owner of Cosie restaurant, its manager Sachin Katkar, and the manager of Blak Club hotel Sandip Sangle in police custody till May 24.

Edited By: Shubham Bajpai Mumbai Published on: May 21, 2024 19:47 IST
Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis
Image Source : PTI Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis

Maharashtras’ Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday made sharp comments over the lenient measures taken by the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) in the Pune Porsche accident.

During a press conference, the deputy CM said that Pune saw a huge public outrage because when the accused was presented to the JJB, a very lenient view was taken. Despite two people being killed in the accident, the accused minor was asked to do social service.

He said that essentially, the police in its application made it clear that the age of the accused is 17 years 8 months. “This is a heinous crime. After the Nirbhaya case, the changes in the Juvenile Justice case- that if the accused is above 16 years of age and the crime is heinous, the accused can be treated as an adult”, he added.

But the Board passed a surprising order asking the accused to do social work, write essays, among others. Fadnavis said that following this the police went to the higher court which took cognisance of the matter and asked the police to file a revision application. The court also said the police could again come to higher court if justice is not delivered, Fadnavis informed.

Moreover, the police have filed the revision application and the hearing will conclude till tomorrow.  Earlier, he also held a meeting with the Police officials. He informed about the meeting and said, “The incident that happened in Pune where two youths died is disturbing. I took a meeting with the police officials and took stock of what has happened till now and what action will be taken..."

Court sends three accused into police custody

Meanwhile, court has remanded three accused - an owner and two managers of different restaurants - in police custody till May 24.

The accused - Naman Pralhad Bhutda, the owner of Cosie restaurant, its manager Sachin Katkar, and the manager of Blak Club hotel Sandip Sangle - were produced before the court.

On May 19, a Porsche car, allegedly driven by the juvenile, claimed to be drunk at the time, knocked down two motorbike riders in the Kalyani Nagar area of Pune city, causing their deaths.

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