Dhanbad: Additional district and session after one year Judge Uttam Anand A special CBI court on Thursday convicted auto drivers Lakhan Verma and Rahul Verma of murder after they were badly crushed by an auto during a morning walk on a deserted Dhanbad road, prompting the prosecution for the “deliberate” act. Convicted of murder without the need to establish a motive. Both will be sentenced on August 6.
“If an accused knows that his act may lead to death, he need not necessarily be linked to any motive,” Special Judge Rajinikanth Pathak said, referring to the CCTV footage. Victims from behind at high speed. The fatal hit, which was caught on camera at 5.08 am on July 28, 2021, was initially suspected to be an accident.
Holding Verma and Verma guilty of murder under Section 302 of the IPC, the court said that they were also convicted of destruction of evidence (Section 201) and common intention (Section 34).
Both attended the hearing through video conferencing from jail. Special Judge Rajinikanth Pathak said, “The judge had suffered grievous head injury which was sufficient to cause death, as confirmed by the doctors examining him and the forensic report presented in the court.”
The prosecution said the two tried to mislead the CBI and the court by leveling allegations against each other and changing their statements during interrogation. Both claimed to be under the influence of alcohol when their auto hit Anand, but this could not be established medically and forensically. Special CBI prosecutor Amit Jindal said, “The killing of Judge Uttam Anand was tantamount to an attack on the entire judicial system. I will demand death penalty for the culprits on August 6.”
The Jharkhand government had constituted a special investigation team to probe the death of the Additional District Judge after the CCTV footage revealed a possibility of murder. In August last year, the case was handed over to the CBI on the directions of the Jharkhand High Court.
On October 20, the CBI had filed a charge sheet against the accused alleging murder. The agency registered two other cases of auto and mobile phone theft against them. The High Court and the Supreme Court, which took suo motu cognizance of the matter, supervised the investigation from the very beginning.