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Pune accident: Juvenile's father, five others sent in judicial custody

Updated on: 24 May,2024 05:41 PM IST  |  Pune
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The prosecution had demanded extension of their police custody for further probe

Pune accident: Juvenile's father, five others sent in judicial custody

The car that crashed into the bike of the of victims of Pune accident. File Pic/PTI

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Pune accident: Juvenile's father, five others sent in judicial custody

A Pune court in Maharashtra on Friday remanded Vishal Agarwal, father of a 17-year-old involved in a car crash that killed two persons in the city, and five other accused in the case in judicial custody till June 7, reported the PTI.

The prosecution had demanded extension of their police custody for further probe.

But the court remanded Vishal Agarwal and others including the owner and employees of two liquor-serving establishments -- where the teenager had allegedly consumed alcohol before his Porsche car knocked down two software professionals on a motorbike -- in judicial custody instead.

Attempts were made to make it appear that the minor was not at the wheel and some adult person was driving the car at the time of the accident on May 19, Pune

Police Commissioner Amitesh Kumar had said earlier in the day.

"We have the CCTV footage of him (juvenile) drinking liquor in the pub. The point of saying this is that our case is not alone depending on the blood report as we have other evidence also," the officer said, according to the PTI.

"He (juvenile) was fully in his senses, He had full knowledge that due to his conduct, such an accident, where section 304 is applicable, can happen," Kumar said.

On the allegations of preferential treatment given to the juvenile, Kumar said an ACP rank officer is investigating the claim.

On reports of the juvenile being served pizza after the incident, Kumar said, "We have clearly said that a pizza party didn't happen in the police station. But yes, something had happened on which we have initiated an internal investigation," the news agency reported on Friday.

"We are trying to make this a water tight case. We have already filed a case against the father of accused and the bar owners. The technical analysis of the evidences is underway," he said.

He said an internal inquiry has pointed to lapses on the part of some cops while registering the case and action will be taken against them for destruction of evidence.

"During our investigation, it has clearly emerged that the juvenile was driving the car and we have already collected all the necessary chronological evidence. For example, when the juvenile left the house, the entry on the security register shows that he left with the car," he said.

On the basis of technical and CCTV evidence, it is confirmed that the car was being driven by the juvenile, the police chief said.

Eyewitnesses have also corroborated that the teenager, son of real estate developer Vishal Agarwal, was driving the Porsche at the time of the accident, he said.

(with PTI inputs)

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