A special CBI court in Dhanbad sentenced convicts Lakhan Verma and Rahul Verma to an additional seven years in prison and a fine of Rs 20,000 each. Both prison terms will run concurrently. It also directed the district legal services authority to ensure payment of compensation to the judge’s family.
Judge Rajnikant Pathak said that the duo deliberately attacked “the very roots of the judicial system” and such persons should not be allowed to roam free in society. “They stole the autorickshaw with a sinister design and dashed the judge from behind while he was taking a morning stroll. The duo knew that their action might kill the victim,” Pathak said.
Anand was run over around 5am on July 28, 2021, as CCTV footage showed the speeding autorickshaw swerving intentionally towards the kerbside of a relatively empty road near his home where he was walking. He died of severe head wounds.
The special CBI court fast-tracked the trial and convicted the two exactly a year after Anand’s murder.