Sanjeev Nanda faced the final outcome in the BMW hit-and-run-case today calm and composed but his family, including his grandmother, broke down when the judge pronounced him guilty.
During the day's proceedings he appeared emotionless, perhaps, the blessings he took from gods, during a brief stop at a temple at Tughlak Road here before coming to the court, helped him.
The vermilion on his forehead, as he stood in the court for the judge to take his seat and deliver the verdict, bore testimony to his quest for good luck and blessings on the verdict day.
Nanda, who now faces a maximum punishment of 10 years' jail term, was joined by his grandmother Gayatri Nanda, father Suresh Nanda and sister Sonali Nanda and other relatives in the court for the last hearing in the nine-year-old case.
The grandson of ex-Naval Chief S M Nanda, who is also a Wharton Business School graduate, spent a lot of time reading the judgement page-by-page along with a lawyer.
His grandmother walked up to him inside the courtroom to console him as soon as the judgement was delivered. She was heard saying repeatedly that Nanda has not done anything wrong.
Tears welled up in the eyes of Nanda's relatives when the court ordered the policemen to take him into custody.
Sporting vermilion on his forehead, seemingly confident Nanda entered the courtroom around noon.
Manik Kapoor, a Nanda's friend, who was acquitted of all the charges, was seen crying inconsolably. "My friend Nanda was also innocent," he claimed.
Nanda's relatives refused to comment on the conviction. His father Suresh, an arms dealer, said he would look into the judgement before saying anything.