The Delhi Police Thursday filed a chargesheet before the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) in the Mercedes hit-and-run case in which a minor boy allegedly ran over 32-year-old man.
The probe agency has requested the board to conduct a “preliminary assessment” of the boy’s mental and physical capacity “to understand the consequence of the offence” and pass an order if there is a need for trial of the minor offender as an adult.
Police filed the chargesheet before the principal magistrate, JJB, for the offence of culpable homicide not amounting to murder and destruction of evidence.
Sources said the chargesheet also mentions a request letter, in which police said they have moved a separate application under the amended sections of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 to consider the alleged offence to be under the category “heinous”.
Since the charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder entails a “maximum punishment” of up to 10 years imprisonment, this is the ground for considering it as “heinous offence”, the sources added.
“In case of a heinous offence alleged to have been committed by a child, who has completed or is above the age of sixteen years, the Board shall conduct a preliminary assessment with regard to his mental and physical capacity to commit such offence, ability to understand the consequences of the offence and the circumstances in which he allegedly committed the offence, and may pass an order,” states section 15 of the JJ Act.
The board will take up consideration of the chargesheet on June 2.