Crime

Essay Assignment: The Bizarre Privilege of Bail, Justice on Vacation

A 17-year-old boy, driving a Porsche, caused a tragic accident early Sunday morning at Kalyani Nagar junction in Pune, resulting in the deaths of Ashwini Koshta and Aneesh Awadhiya. The Juvenile Justice Board granted him bail just 15 hours after his arrest, sparking calls for stricter legal action from the victims’ families and the public.

Victims and Incident Details

– Ashwini Koshta: A 24-year-old IT professional who had been working in Pune for six years. Originally from Madhya Pradesh, she was described as a bright student and a dedicated employee.
– Aneesh Awadhiya: Also 24 and an IT professional from Madhya Pradesh. Both victims were returning home on a motorcycle when the accident occurred.

Legal Proceedings and Reactions

– Juvenile’s Bail Conditions:
– Work with Yerawada traffic police for 15 days.
– Write a 300-word essay on road accidents and their solutions.
– Undergo treatment for alcohol de-addiction and receive psychiatric counseling.

– Charges:
– The minor has been charged under Section 304 of the IPC (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) and sections of the Motor Vehicles Act.
– Police have applied to try the minor as an adult due to the seriousness of the crime.

– Additional Arrests:
– The bar owner and manager were arrested for serving alcohol to the minor.
– The boy’s father was detained under the Juvenile Justice Act for neglect and allowing his son to drive.

Family’s Plea for Justice

Ashwini Koshta’s father demanded stringent legal action against the minor to deter similar incidents in the future. He criticized parents who allow underage children to drive, stressing that proper driving education and responsibility are crucial.

Police Investigation

Police Commissioner Amitesh Kumar confirmed that the minor was drunk at the time of the accident. The police have collected CCTV footage from the bar showing the minor consuming alcohol. They are determined to build a strong case and have appointed a special counsel for this purpose.

Public and Legal Response

The quick bail for the minor has drawn widespread criticism. The police are pursuing higher court permission to try the juvenile as an adult, emphasizing the need for accountability in such severe cases.

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