Pune Porsche Accident: Juvenile Justice Board To Give Order Today About Teen Driver To Try Him As Adult Or Not

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Reported by Sumit Singh & Tikam Shekhawat

Yerwada, 22nd May 2024: The Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) has reserved its decision on the Pune city police’s application seeking a review of its May 19 decision to grant bail to a city-based builder’s 17-year-old son involved in a Porsche crash that killed two techies in Kalyaninagar.

The board is expected to give an order at 4.30 pm today.

Investigating officer and ACP (Khadki division) Aarti Bansode, while moving the review plea under Section 104 of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection) Act, requested that the teenager be tried as an adult, given the heinous nature of the crime. The police had earlier approached a sessions court, which directed them to exhaust the review option before the JJB.

The review plea was subsequently filed before the JJB, presided over by a principal magistrate and two other members.

Additional Commissioner of Police (East region) Manoj Patil stated, “We have produced evidence such as CCTV footage and photographs showing that the teenager was driving at high speed after visiting two pubs where he consumed alcohol. When the minor was first produced before the JJB’s single-member bench on Sunday, he admitted to consuming alcohol.”

He added, “We have requested the three-member bench to send the boy to an observation home and consider him as an adult because he is involved in a heinous offence. The board has heard arguments from both parties and reserved its order until Wednesday.”

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone IV) Vijay Magar emphasized, “We have pleaded before the board to treat the teenager as an adult because he is over 16 years old and involved in a heinous crime. He is aware of the consequences of driving the car in a rash and negligent manner.”

He added, “The order passed by the board’s single member to release him on bail and impose certain conditions instead of referring him to an observation home is not legal and improper.”