Updated May 23rd, 2024 at 13:15 IST

Pune Porsche Crash: Juvenile Justice Board Cancels Bail of Teen Driver

The Juvenile Justice Board has cancelled the bail of the 17-year-old driver from Pune who killed two people while driving his Porsche car.

Reported by: Isha Bhandari
Juvenile board cancels bail of Pune teen driver who killed two in Porsche crash. | Image:Republic Digital
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Pune: The Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) cancelled the bail of Pune teen driver who killed two in Porsche crash. The board said that the minor would be sent to a child observation centre till June 5. The 17-year-old, driving a luxury Porsche car, allegedly killed two software engineers in Pune while reportedly under the influence of alcohol. The teenager's father, a well-known real estate developer, Vishal Agarwal, was detained in Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar, by sleuths of the crime branch. 

Vishal Agarwal, the father of the 17-year-old accused, was sent to police custody until May 24. Vishal Agarwal, had been absconding right after his son crashed his car in the city’s Kalyani Nagar on Sunday night, reportedly in a drunk state after partying in two local pubs. 

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The police have registered a case against Vishal Agarwal under Sections 75 and 77 of the Juvenile Justice Act and relevant provisions of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). While Section 75 deals with "wilful neglect of a child or exposing a child to mental or physical illnesses", Section 77 deals with supplying a child with “intoxicating liquor or drugs”, as reported in PTI.

On Wednesday, some onlookers threw ink at the police vehicle carrying Vishal Agarwal around 2:30 pm, as he was being brought to the Pune Sessions Court. Vishal Agarwal and two employees of the Blak pub, Nitesh Shevani and Jayesh Gavkar, were produced before the additional sessions judge SP Ponkshe today.

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Teen Barred from Driving till Age 25

Maharashtra Transport Commissioner Vivek Bhimanwar said that the 17-year-old boy, who was said to be driving the car, will be barred from getting a driving licence until he turns 25 years of age, and the luxury car will also not be allowed to register at any RTO office for 12 months as its existing temporary registration will be cancelled as per the provisions in the Motor Vehicles (MV) Act.

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Police Uncover Underworld Connection, Agarwal Family Linked to Chhota Rajan

Pune Police also confirmed that the Pune teen's family has connections with the underworld, linking them to gangster Chhota Rajan. SK Agarwal, the grandfather of the 17-year-old prime accused in the recent hit-and-run case in Pune that killed two young techies, has been implicated in a high-profile murder case involving the underworld.

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Fadnavis' Call For Accused to be Tried as Adult

Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said the 17-year-old Pune Porsche crash accused should be tried as an adult. In a press conference on Tuesday, Devendra Fadnavis expressed his displeasure at the decision of the JJB to treat the case leniently. The accused, a teenager, was granted bail on shockingly simple conditions.

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After the Nirbhaya case of 2012, anyone above 16 years of age can be tried as an adult, said Fadnavis. Calling the Pune Porsche crash a “deadly incident”, Fadnavis said that the “first action of the police was to charge the accused with Section 304, and not 304 (A), of the Indian Penal Code (IPC)."

What next after the Pune Porsche Crash?

Fadnavis said that as part of the steps taken by the government, pubs and bars in residential areas will now be checked and a policy will be made soon. There will be a document check for the legal age of people visiting a bar or pub, said Fadnavis, with a closed circuit television (CCTV) installed outside every bar. 

Moreover, driving licences will be checked to see if all rules were complied with, said the Dy CM.

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Published May 22nd, 2024 at 20:32 IST