The minor driver of the Mercedes hit-and-run case has been charged with culpable homicide on Saturday. The police also said that the boy has been previously challaned three times for rash driving. The boy’s father, a businessman, was arrested on Friday. He has been charged with abetment to culpable homicide not amounting to murder.
Siddharth Sharma was just 32 when a speeding Mercedes driven by an underage driver killed him.
Culpable homicide is a charge that is non-bailable. Those charged in it must approach the court for bail.
The boy was days short of his 18th
birthday when his car hit 32-year-old marketing executive Siddharth Sharma on the night of April 4. The boy was with some of his friends.
A CCTV footage of the incident shows the Mercedes passing an intersection at an excessive speed and hitting Sharma who was crossing the road.
Sharma’s body flies on impact
The charge of culpable homicide has rarely been brought into such cases. Two such cases have been New Delhi’s 1999 BMW case and the Salman Khan hit-and-run incident. It is not known if a minor was ever charged under the section. Sharma’s family had been demanding stricter charges for the boy, who initially escaped prison because of a pending bill
But despite the new charge, the victim’s sister said that too many loopholes in the system will make their battle for justice a long drawn one.
She said that the judicial process is arduous enough to break anyone’s back. She told a TV channel that the manner in which her brother was killed and the initial police action makes “Delhi appear like Afghanistan or Syria where there is no law at all”.