Aditya Sachdeva was only 19 years old when he was shot at point blank range by Rocky Yadav.

A sessions court in Gaya has sentenced Rocky Yadav and two other of his friends to life imprisonment, while his mother Bindi Yadav has been awarded a five-year life imprisonment. Additionally, he has also been fined a sum of Rs 1 lakh, reported News18.

The Gaya district court, on 31 August, convicted Rocky and three others in the murder of Aditya Sachdeva. Rocky – the son of JD(U) MLC Manorama Devi – has been accused of shooting Sachdeva after he overtook the former’s SUV on the road connecting Gaya and Bodh Gaya on 7 May 2016.

The former Bihar lawmaker’s son allegedly fired a warning shot in the air, compelling Sachdeva to bring his vehicle to a halt. Nineteen-year-old Sachdeva, a Class 12 student at the time, was then beaten up and shot dead.

 

Yadav fled from the spot after committing the crime and took shelter at his father’s factory in Bodh Gaya, from where he was arrested 48 hours later.

What followed was a 16-month-long ordeal for the Sachdeva family, with the case against Yadav hitting hurdle after hurdle. From the Patna High Court granting bail to Yadav to key witnesses turning hostile, the high-profile case faced several obstructions and attempts by Yadav’s family to derail it in the trial stages.

  A timeline of the Gaya road rage case.
A timeline of the Gaya road rage case. (Photo: Liju Joseph/The Quint)

 

The three others convicted with Rocky Yadav include his father, Bindi Yadav, cousin Teni Yadav and his mother’s security guard, Rajesh Kumar.

While Yadav was found guilty of IPC sections 302 (murder), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 427 (mischief causing damage) and section 27 of the Arms Act, Bindi Yadav was held guilty under sections 212 (harbouring the offender) and 177 (furnishing false information).

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