“I saw my little brother grow up in one night,” said Sonali Punj, Sanjeev Nanda’s elder sister.
Nanda was 20 years old when he was arrested for mowing down six people under his car on January 10, 1999. He, however, never showed any sign of despair, said Sonali, who last met him on Thursday in Tihar jail during the visiting hours.
“I could only see him from a distance of three feet. That’s the closest that we could get. There is a wire mesh partition. Beyond that is the restricted area,” she said.
The family said they would file an early appeal against the trial court verdict.
“We were prepared for the worst. Now, we would immediately file an appeal,” said Suresh Nanda, his father.
Sanjeev is the only son of the Nanda family. “He is the strongest of us all. He was always more worried about us,” said Sonali, reminding the media of the verdict day when Nanda maintained his calm and was seen consoling his sobbing mother after the conviction.
His friend Manik Kapoor, though acquitted by the court on Tuesday, said he would turn up for every hearing to meet his best pal. The two, who have been friends since class I, even started work together at The Claridges. “He is more than a brother to me,” said Kapoor.