Gaya: A trial court in Gaya is all set to pronounce quantum of punishment to convict Rocky Yadav, prime accused in the Gaya road rage case for the killing of 17-year-old Aditya Sachdeva, last year.
Rocky, son of dreaded gangster Bindeshwari Yadav and suspended JDU MLC Manorama Devi was pronounced guilty by the Court of Additional District and Session Judge, Sachidanand Singh, last Thursday. The Court had also convicted three other co-accused, Teny Yadav, cousin brother of Rocky and Rajesh Singh, bodyguard of Manorama Devi in the murder case. Bindi Yadav was also convicted for destruction of evidence.
Aditya Sachdeva, a teenager was shot dead by Rocky Yadav on May 7, last year when he was coming back to Gaya from Bodh Gaya after attending a birthday celebration. Aditya and his four friends Ayush, Ankit, Nasir and Kaifi who were travelling in the Swift Dzire car allegedly had denied a pass to a SUV in which Rocky was travelling.
This infuriated Rocky Yadav’s son so much that he later overtook the Swift Dzire car and stopped it following which a altercation took place between Aditya and his friends with Rocky Yadav. Later, in a fit of rage, Rocky took out his licensed Barletta revolver and gunned down Aditya.
A speedy trial was instituted by the Bihar government, however, a lot of ups and downs were witnessed in this case after Aditya’s four friends who had recorded their statement under Sec 164 before the magistrate maintaining that Aditya was killed by Rocky turned hostile in the middle of the trial, which came as a major setback for the prosecution.
Also during the trial, the state government changed public prosecutor SDN Singh as allegations were levelled on him that it was because of him that key witnesses in this case, Ayush, Ankit, Nasir and Kaifi turned hostile.
Also during the trial, the most important development took place when the then Patna High Court Chief Justice Iqbal Ahmad Ansari granted bail to Rocky Yadav. The state government later challenged Rocky’s bail in the Apex Court which cancelled his bail sending him back to jail in Gaya.
The public prosecutor, Sartaj Ali Khan has demanded that capital punishment be given to Rocky Yadav for Aditya’s killing, however, his parents have said that they would be satisfied with life imprisonment to Rocky Yadav.