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Dhanbad Judge Murder: Convicts Sentenced To Rigorous Imprisonment Till Death

CBI court judge Rajnikant Pathak held driver Lakhan Verma and his accomplice Rahul Verma guilty in the murder of Uttam Anand, who was the additional sessions judge.

CBI re-creates a scene during their investigation of Additional District Judge Uttam Anand’s alleged murder case in Dhanbad. (PTI, file)

New Delhi: A special CBI court in Jharkhand on Saturday sentenced an autorickshaw driver and another person to rigorous life imprisonment till death in the murder of Dhanbad judge Uttam Anand. On July 28, exactly a year after Anand was knocked down during a morning jog, the court had found them guilty in the murder case.

CBI court judge Rajnikant Pathak held driver Lakhan Verma and his accomplice Rahul Verma guilty in the murder of Anand, who was the additional sessions judge, under IPC Sections 302 (murder), 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of the offence, giving false information to protect offender) and 34 (common intention).

The trial in the murder case had begun in February. The court had registered statements of 58 witnesses during the course of the hearing. CCTV camera footage showed that the judge was jogging on one side of a fairly wide road at Randhir Verma Chowk in Dhanbad when the three-wheeler veered towards him, hit him from behind and fled the scene.

An SIT was initially formed to probe the matter, but the Jharkhand government later handed over the case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

A fine of Rs 30,000 has also been imposed on both convicts.

(With inputs from PTI)

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