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Mercedes hit-and-run: Defence blames victim

  • A trial court on Friday started hearing arguments on framing of charges in the Mercedes hit-and-run case in which a minor allegedly ran over a 32-year-old marketing executive.

    The defence claimed it was apparent from the CCTV footages that the deceased was "negligently" crossing the road. "The deceased (Siddharth Sharma) was not even walking in a straight manner. It is apparent he was negligently crossing the road, without caring for vehicles," senior advocate Ramesh Gupta argued, adding that the victim suddenly came in front of the vehicle.

    Advocate Ramesh Gupta also told the court that Sharma should have crossed the road at the zebra crossing which is demarcated for pedestrians. Gupta also referred to the statements of the minor's friends, who were with him in the car that day, to contend that Sharma was crossing the road in a negligent manner.

    Police had said in its charge sheet that the boy, who is currently out on bail, had run over Sharma with his father's Mercedes on April 4.

    Delhi Police on Friday sought permission from the court to carry out further investigation, saying some new facts have emerged. Special public prosecutor Atul Srivastava filed a fresh plea before additional sessions judge Vimal Kumar Yadav claiming it has come to their knowledge that the boy was earlier challaned for over speeding and he had shown a "false and forged driving licence" to traffic police.

    Police's plea was opposed by senior advocate Ramesh Gupta and advocate Rajiv Mohan, who appeared for the accused. The court fixed the matter for September 5.

     

    OUR TAKE

    The defence is clearly trying out every best moves at its disposal to get the flow of the proceedings in their favour, yet their excuse that deceased was negligently crossing the road does not have much bearing. Over speeding cannot be disqualified on these grounds. It is an offence and punishment should be imposed for the same. Driving involves maturity and judgement and that is why the minimum age for holding a drivers’ licence is 18. Entrusting a vehicle in the hands of an inexperienced or an immature driver is almost similar to handing over an loaded gun.


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