Are parents responsible for road accidents?

S Venkateshwari

Are parents responsible for road accidents?

If a minor drives a car without a license and causes an accident, who will be responsible for it? This question has arisen again after a recent road accident. Late night on 18th May, a minor hit two people with his speeding porsche car in Pune. In the accident, two IT engineers Anish Awadiya and ashwini Costa, who were riding on the bike, died on the spot. The accused was returning after drinking alcohol with his friends in two different pubs. After the incident, the minor accused was arrested by the police and presented in court. The special thing is that the Juvenile Board released the accused minor on bail within 15 hours with some minor conditions.

How did the accused get bail in 15 hours?

According to the FIR registered at Yerwada police Station, Pune, the minor boy was driving the car at a speed of 160 km per hour under the influence of alcohol. He told during interrogation that his father had given him a porsche car, even though he knew that he had not learned to drive and did not even have a license.

The minor also said that his father had allowed him to party with friends and was also aware that he was drinking alcohol. The minor's father is a big businessman. He had purchased the porsche in march this year, but the car was not yet registered because he had not paid the road tax of Rs 44 lakh. A case has been registered against the accused under 304A (causing death by negligence) and other sections. A case has been registered against the father of the accused and the owner of both the pubs under sections 75 and 77 of the Juvenile Justice Act and he has been arrested.

Allahabad high court Advocate Rajesh Verma told ABP news that bail is granted in such cases. Because it is not considered murder, it is considered an accident due to negligence. According to law, murder was not committed intentionally or with any intention. Therefore bail is granted. Generally, in cases of road accidents, cases are registered under only two sections – Section 304 and Section 304A. However, now the new law is coming into effect from July 1, there is no provision for easy bail.

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