Police had apprehended the minor offender on Tuesday after he killed Sidhharth Sharma by hitting with his overspeeding Mercedes car on Monday night when the victim was crossing Sham Nath Marg in north Delhi's Civil Lines area to get some eatables from the nearby market.
The minor was then freed on bail, as he was only booked under section 304A (causing death by negligence) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
After an uproar followed by allegations by the victim's family that police officers were going soft on the accused, police took a U-turn on Friday, not only changing the Indian Penal Code (IPC) section mentioned in the FIR but also arrested Aggarwal.
Aggarwal was arrested under section 304 (abetting the crime of culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of IPC as the investigators found that he, despite knowing the fact that his minor son had caused a road accident earlier, gave the vehicle's key to him.
The Delhi Police had managed to get Aggarwal's one-day custody on the basis of the proofs they submitted to the court, saying he had "not taken a single step in prohibiting his son from taking the vehicle" which is an act of criminal omission.
Police also found in its investigation that it was not the first offence of rash and negligent driving by the juvenile. In the past, he has also been found driving in such a way thereby causing a road accident with another vehicle.
Police had earlier informed court that a CCTV footage clearly showed that the minor offender was driving his car in extremely fast speed in a residential area.
Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.
We, however, have a request.
As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.
Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.