Inquiry into an incident of underage driving, the YouTube video of which went viral, is progressing. The video shows a young boy riding a high-end luxury car in a posh residential area in Thrissur.
The Peramangalam Police summoned Muhammed Nisham, the owner of the Ferrari F430 Scuderia, on Thursday to record his statement after Thrissur City Police Commissioner ordered an inquiry into the incident. A case has been registered under the Motor Vehicles Act and Section 23 of the Juvenile Justice Act.
“We are going ahead with the inquiry. We are yet to take the car into custody and prepare a statement,” said P.C. Bijukumar, Circle Inspector, Peramangalam Police. He said Mr. Nisham was out of town and likely to return within a couple of days after which he would be summoned for further proceedings.
On the Commissioner’s direction, the Thrissur traffic police had visited the spot and asked Mr. Nisham to appear before the police, which he reportedly failed to comply with. Following this, the case was transferred to the Peramangalam Police, within whose jurisdiction the incident had occurred.
Mr. Nisham is learnt to have confessed that he had recorded his nine-year-old son’s adventure and posted it on YouTube. It was the YouTube video that helped the law enforcing agencies identify the car as the Motor Vehicles Department had no data about the vehicle which was registered in Chandigarh.
The Motor Vehicles Department is now looking at the possibility of tax evasion in connection with the registration of the car. “If the owner of the car is not a permanent resident, but visits the State on and off, then the registration outside the State is not an issue. If the owner is a permanent resident then we will take necessary action and collect the dues towards registration. Our squad will keep an eye on the car,” said C.K. Asokan, Thrissur Regional Transport Officer.
Meanwhile, Mr. Nisham is learnt to have told the police that a Chandigarh-based firm, which he was running on a partnership basis, owned the car.