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Mercedes hit-and-run: Minor to appear before juvenile board, father gets bail

India TV News Desk 10 Apr 2016, 21:42:14 PM IST
India TV News Desk

New Delhi: In a fresh development in the Mercedes hit-and-run case, the 17-year-old driver who allegedly knocked dead a 32-year-old marketing executive in north Delhi's Civil Lines area, is likely to be produced before the Juvenile Justice Board tomorrow while his father has been granted bail on a personal bond of 1 lakh rupees.

A duty Metropolitan Magistrate at Tis Hazari Courts Complex ordered Delhi Police to present the minor offender before the juvenile board, granting bail to his father Manoj Aggarwal.

Manoj was taken into police custody on Friday under the charge of abetment to culpable homicide not amounting to murder.

Earlier, the victim Sidharth Sharma's sister met Delhi Police Commissioner Alok Kumar Verma, who assured her that strict action will be taken against the accused persons and later changed the investigating officer of the case.

The investigators are also probing whether the Mercedes owner tried to mislead police as after the incident, a man who claimed to be his driver approached police and said he was behind the wheels when the incident took place.

However, the youth later changed his statement once he got to know that the victim was dead.

The errant driver, who turned out to be the Mercedes owner's 17-year-old son, was later identified with the help of CCTV grabs and eye-witness accounts, the official said.

The Mercedes owner was earlier challaned under the Motor Vehicles Act.

The police also said they would mention in the charge sheet the name and offence of the person who had come to them claiming to be the driver and took responsibility of the incident.

The incident took place on Monday when Sidharth was trying to cross a road near Ludlow Castle School in Civil Lines and the speeding Mercedes hit him.

The car was being driven at a speed of at least 80 km per hour and Sharma was flung several feet into the air by the impact of the crash and landed around 15 metres away from where he stood.

After the incident, a group of youths stepped out of the vehicle and fled the spot, abandoning the car there.

(With inputs from agencies)