Minor in hit-and-run case has also suffered trauma: Bombay High Court

Porsche Car Accident Pune

Mumbai: The Bombay High Court (HC) has commented on the child in conflict with law (CCL) in the hit-and-run case in Kalyani Nagar last month. Two IT engineers – Anish Awadhiya and Ashwini Koshta – were killed when the Porsche car driven by him hit them. The CCL was drunk at the time of the incident.

The families of the victims are pleading for justice. On the other hand, the HC has said that the CCL has suffered a trauma.

The incident

The CCL, the 17.8-year-old son of a prominent builder, drove the car at 160 kmph under the influence of alcohol. He dashed bike-borne Anish and Ashwini. The impact was so high that Ashwini died on the spot. Anish died while shifting to hospital. Anish (24) was working in the IT sector. Ashwini was his good friend. Both were working in the same company. They had dinner with friends and were going back home.

The Bombay HC comments

“The CCL has suffered a trauma. He needs to be given some time,” said the HC bench, comprising Justice Bharati Dangre and Majusha Deshpande.

The bench pointed out what the Pune Police did initially and how the minor got bail. The bench said, “The drunk child drove the car and crushed two persons to death. However, it was a traumatic experience for him too. He should get some time.”

The CCL’s aunt has filed the petition demanding his release from the observation home. Adv Abad Ponda argued on her behalf. He said, “The minor got bail earlier. But he has been sent to the observation home now. It is like imprisoning him. Therefore, he should get bail.”

How the CCL got bail and sent to observation home

The CCL was detained after the accident. He was granted bail on the condition that he would write a 300-word essay on how the accident happened. This caused a furor on social media and in society and the judge faced sharp criticism. It was asked whether a son of a poor man would have got bail so easily. Later, he was sent to the observation home. He will be lodged there till June 25.

The HC expressed its opinion after hearing arguments.

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