Boy Involved In Mercedes Hit-And-Run Case Charged With Culpable Homicide

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3:26 pm 9 Apr, 2016


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.

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.

 

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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”.

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