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Pune Porsche crash: WCD sends notice to JJB members after probe committee finds lapses in bail order

On May 19, hours after the crash, the 17-year-old accused was released with certain conditions. Subsequently, his release triggered a public uproar. Later, the boy was taken back into custody and sent to an observation home.

Edited By: Raju Kumar @rajudelhi123 Pune Published on: June 16, 2024 9:47 IST
The Porsche crash which kills two on May 19
Image Source : PTI The Porsche crash which kills two on May 19

The five-member committee, formed last month by the Maharashtra Woman and Child Development Department (WCD) to investigate the conduct of Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) members in the Pune Porsche crash case, submitted its report. The panel, in the report, found lapses in granting bail to the minor accused. WCD sent a notice to two members of JJB on Saturday.

Teen driver's aunt files plea in HC

In another development, a paternal aunt of the teenager allegedly involved in the Pune Porsche car crash that killed two IT professionals last month has moved the Bombay High Court claiming the boy was in "illegal" detention and sought his immediate release.

The woman, in her habeas corpus (produce the person) plea, has sought immediate release of the 17-year-old boy, who is currently lodged at an observation home in Pune.

The petition said no matter from what perception this unfortunate incident is looked at, it was an accident and the person who was said to be driving the vehicle was a minor.

The petition, filed on June 10, came up for hearing before a division bench of Justices Bharati Dangre and Manjusha Deshpande on Friday.

A habeas corpus petition is filed to ensure a person under arrest is brought before a court which determines whether the detention is legal.

Public Prosecutor Hiten Venegaonkar, representing the Pune police, challenged the maintainability of the petition and argued the boy was in legal custody in the observation home.

Senior advocate Aabad Ponda, representing the petitioner, sought the urgent release of the boy. After the arguments, the bench posted the hearing on the plea for June 20.

What is the case?

The 17-year-old accused was allegedly driving a Porsche car at a very high speed in an intoxicated state when it crashed into a motorbike in the early hours of May 19, killing two software engineers -- Aneesh Awadhiya and Ashwini Koshta -- in Pune's Kalyani Nagar area.

The boy's aunt, in the plea, claimed because of public uproar coupled with political agenda, the police deviated from the right course of investigation in the case, thus defeating the entire purpose of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act.

"The intent of the law is abundantly clear and there cannot be any iota of doubt that the most important factor and the crucial element is the well-being of a minor child who is in conflict with law," the petition said.

The woman claimed the boy and his family were portrayed as "monstrous".

"In the present case, the boy, who was also subjected to physical assault (after the crash), was shown to be a monster and removed from his home where he could feel protected and is kept in illegal detention," the petition said.

The teenager must have been kept with other children in conflict with law at the observation home which could be detrimental to him.

Instead of an observation facility, he ought to be kept in the custody of a family member (the boy's parents are in jail in separate cases related to the crash) who could take care of him, according to the plea.

The petition said the police were trying to make an example out of this case and in the process acting in contravention of provisions of law.

(With agency inputs)

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