The Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) granted bail to the juvenile who was involved in the Mercedes hit-and-run that claimed the life of 32-year-old Siddharth Sharma. This was the juvenile’s third attempt securing bail since he was remanded to a reform home at North Delhi’s Majnu Ka Tila over two week ago.Principal Magistrate Vishal Singh granted bail to the boy, who turned major four days after the accident, on furnishing a bond of Rs 50,000.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The youth sought bail on the grounds that he was depressed being away from home for so long and that he had to appear for various entrance exams. The board had deferred the order for today and directed the defence to submit relevant documents to support their claim.Advocate Vikas Manchanda representing the accused on Saturday had submitted that the future prospects of the youth was in jeopardy and his further incarceration could only hamper his chances at a bright future.Manchanda further argued that since his incarceration, the youth had already missed out on several entrance exams. Further custody of the child would hamper the youth’s chances even more.Documents admitted in court today included an admit card and particulars of the courses the youth was attempting to pursue.”I am deeply saddened by the turn of events,” said Shilpa Mittal, sister of the victim. “Today we were not even given a chance to put forth our objection and point of view,” Mittal added.Sources who were privy to the proceedings claimed that Public Prosecutor Atul Shrivastava objected to the bail plea and sought psychology reports of the youth.The JJB had earlier rejected the youth’s bail plea stating that he was a “repeat offender.” While observing that the traffic challans had failed to have a “reformative effect” on the boy, the board had also deemed that “bad parenting” was another reason for denying bail.In a scathing observation, the court had said, “the repeated traffic rules violation challans failed to have any reformative effect upon the juvenile. As observed, it seems his parents couldn’t care less.” The judge was also heard saying, “It doesn’t matter if they knew he was getting challaned repeatedly, but letting their son take to the wheels before attaining the age of 18 years and without a driving license itself indicated that they couldn’t care less about traffic violation by their son.”On April 4 in North Delhi’s Civil Lines area, the juvenile, four days short of his 18th birthday, was speeding in his father’s Silver Mercedes car when he hit Sharma as he was trying to cross the road.The police had initially charged the juvenile with rash and negligent driving. However, when the police learned that the juvenile was a repeat offender, graver charges of culpable homicide were later added. Following the accident, the juvenile’s father was arrested on charges of abetment to culpable homicide not amounting to murder. He was later released on bail after depositing a bond of Rs 1 lakh.

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Third time lucky, juvenile involved in hit-and-run case gets bail