Rakesh Ranjan Yadav alias Rocky Yadav, and two others were sentenced on Wednesday, 6th September, 2017 to life imprisonment. The decision was taken by a Bihar court which was connected with the murder case of a Class 12 student, Aditya Sachdeva, which occurred in a 2016 road rage incident.

Tenny Yadav, Rocky’s cousin and Rajesh Kumar, suspended ex-JD(U) lawmaker Manorama Devi’s bodyguard were the two others accused in this case and have been given a life sentence as well. This decision was made by Sachchidanand Singh, an additional district and sessions judge. Rocky’s father, Bindeshwari Prasad Yadav (referred to as Bindi Yadav), was not spared either, he was awarded a sentence to five years behind the bars for harboring an offender.

All offenders had hefty fines thrown their way as well. Rs. 1 lakh was thrown on Rocky, Rs. 50,000 each on Tenny and Rajesh, and a Rs. 10,000 fine on Bindi. Adity Sachdeva was killed because he over took Rocky’s SUV. There was a warning shot which made Sachdeva to stop his car. After this warning shot, Sachdeva was beaten up and then he was shot dead. Rocky immediately went missing after the murder and was found on the 10th of May in a factory owned by Bindi Yadav, his father.

On August 31, the had held Rocky, Tenny and Rajesh guilty under Sections 302 (punishment for murder), 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt) and 427 (mischief causing damage to the amount of fifty rupees) of the Indian Penal Code and sections of the Arms Act which were in relevance to this case and which entail death penalty or imprisonment for life. Bindi on the other hand was found guilty under sections 177 (furnishing false information) and 212 (harboring offender) of the IPC.

Aditya’s parents believe this court decision will call for change in people when they think of taking the law in their own hands. They also believe they finally got “justice”. Aditya’s father, Shayam Sindar Sachdeva believes “The verdict will send a strong message to the society. We are satisfied over the judgement as we have finally gotten justice. Although my son will never return, we are happy we could ensure justice to him. We are grateful to Gaya police, Bihar government and media for their support.”

“The court considered our arguments based on scientific and circumstantial evidences. We focused on only two vital points after witnesses had turned hostile in the trial court. But the police chargesheet and evidences collected in the course of the investigation substantiated charges levelled against the accused.” Said the public prosecutor Sartaj Ali Khan as he also revealed that the court verdict was along the lines he expected.

MY OPINION:

A case running from 2016 and being closed by 2017, is a big step, although justice delayed is justice denied, this was a rather quick judgement for a country like India to witness. The life of a 12th grader was taken because he used his driving skills and moved in front of an entitled human, Rocky, life imprisonment is the best Justice Aditya’s soul could ask for. May he rest in peace.