Pune Porsche car crash: Accused juvenile granted bail

The order was passed in a plea filed by the 17-year-old boy's paternal aunt, who claimed he was illegally detained and sought his immediate release
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Case update(Pic: EdexLive Desk)

Today, the Bombay High Court ordered that the 17-year-old boy allegedly involved in the Porsche car accident in Pune last month be released immediately from an observation home. The teen, who the police claim was drunk and driving the luxury car when it hit a two-wheeler in the early hours of May 19 killing two techies, was lodged at an observation home in Maharashtra's Pune city.

According to PTI, a division bench of Justices Bharati Dangre and Manjusha Deshpande quashed the orders issued by the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) remanding the minor to the observation home. "We allow the petition and order his release. The CCL (Child in Conflict with Law) shall be in the care and custody of the petitioner (paternal aunt)," the court said.

Further, the bench noted the JJB's remand orders were illegal and passed without jurisdiction. The court said amid the "immediate reaction to the accident, the kneejerk reaction and the public outcry, the CCL's age was not considered". 

"The CCL is under 18 years old. His age needs to be considered," the bench said. Further, it said the court was bound by law, the aims and objectives of the Juvenile Justice Act and must treat him as any child in conflict with the law separately from an adult, despite the seriousness of the crime.

Further, the high court said, "CCLs are to be considered differently." It said the accused is already under rehabilitation, which is the primary objective, and he is already referred to a psychologist and the same shall be continued.

To recall, the accident took place in the early hours of May 19. The boy was granted bail the same day by the JJB and ordered to be under the care and supervision of his parents and grandfather. The police later applied to the JJB, seeking an amendment of the bail order.

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