Dhanbad: In the murder case of District and Sessions Judge Ashtam Uttam Anand, the special CBI court on Saturday sentenced both the accused Rahul Verma and Lakhan Verma to life imprisonment. A fine of Rs 20,000 each was also imposed on both. Both will remain in jail till their last breath. CBIP PP debated through video conferencing. In the same famous case, the prosecution on behalf of CBI was being conducted by Amit Jindal, Special Prosecutor of CBI’s Special Crime Branch, Delhi. Earlier on July 28, on the first death anniversary of Justice Uttam Anand, the court of Special CBI Judge Rajinikanth Pathak had convicted both the accused Rahul Verma and Lakhan Verma under sections 302 and 201 of murder and concealment of evidence. The date of sentencing was fixed for August 6.
The incident happened on 28 July 21
It is to be known that on the morning of 28 July 2021, Judge Uttam Anand was hit by an auto. After which Judge Uttam Anand was killed, there was a speedy trial of the case in the court of Special Judge Rajinikanth Pathak of Dhanbad CBI. Statements of 58 witnesses were recorded in five months. After the hearing, the court had fixed July 28 as the date for the verdict. During the hearing, CBI’s Crime Branch Special PP Amit Jindal had recorded the statements of 58 witnesses out of total 169 witnesses in the charge sheet. The CBI has claimed that accused Lakhan Verma and Rahul Verma had deliberately hit Judge Uttam Anand, leading to his death.
The entire video of the incident was captured in the CCTV footage
After the CCTV footage of the incident surfaced, there was a suspicion of deliberate push from the auto. The Supreme Court and the Jharkhand High Court took suo motu cognizance of this incident. The investigation of the case was handed over to the CBI on the recommendation of the Jharkhand government. Earlier, the SIT formed by the Jharkhand government investigated the matter, after which the investigation was handed over to the CBI on 4 August 21. On October 20, the CBI had filed a chargesheet against both of them accusing them of murder, while the CBI had registered two separate FIRs of auto theft and mobile theft besides murder.
Judge Uttam Anand was hearing the famous Ranjay murder case
Justice Uttam Anand had joined the post of District and Sessions Judge VIII only six months ago. Prior to this he was the District and Sessions Judge of Bokaro. He was hearing the famous Ranjay Singh murder case. Ranjay Singh was considered very close to Sanjeev Singh, the Bahubali leader of Dhanbad and former MLA of Jharia. A few days ago, he had rejected the bail plea of shooter Abhinav Singh and Aman’s henchman Ravi Thakur. All kinds of apprehensions were being raised about it.