A court in Bihar framed charges on Tuesday against Rocky Yadav, son of Janata Dal-United MLC Manorama Devi and three others accused of killing a 12th standard student Aditya Sachdeva in Gaya in May this year.
The Gaya civil court framed charges against Rocky, his father Bindi Yadav, cousin Teni Yadav and Rajesh Kumar, the security guard of his mother.
The charges were framed under Indian Penal Code (IPC) Sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 201 (to conceal facts), 217 (public servant disobeying direction of law to save one from punishment), 177 (furnishing false information) and Section 27 of the Arms Act.
The quantum of punishment under the IPC sections applied on the accused ranges from seven years to life imprisonment, public prosecutor SDN Singh said.
Rocky was brought from the Gaya central jail amid tight security and produced in the court of additional district and sessions judge Suresh Prasad Mishra. The other three accused - Bindi Yadav, Teni Yadav and Rajesh Kumar who are on bail, also appeared in the court with Rocky.
Defence counsel Kaisar Sarfuddin said the court had earlier rejected discharge petitions of all the accused. With the framing of charges, the court would now initiate trial proceedings, Sarfuddin said.
The court will examine witnesses on November 30, the next date of hearing, to initiate steps for speedy trial in the case.
Rocky was accused of shooting Aditya Sachdeva, son of a businessman, after the teenager who was driving a Swift car, overtook Rocky’s Land Rover on May 7.
Rocky was arrested on May 10.
In October, Rocky was granted bail by the Patna high court but later the Supreme Court cancelled his bail and he was sent back to jail.
Police claimed that Rocky has confessed killing Sachdeva.
Rocky’s mother Manorama Devi, suspended Janata Dal-United MLC, is a powerful figure and his father Bindi Yadav is a criminal-turned-politician in Gaya. Manorama Devi who was also arrested in May for violating the prohibition law, was recently released on bail.
Aditya’s parents Shyam Sundar Sachdeva and Chanda Sachdeva are relieved after the court framed charges against the accused.
“We hope for speedy trial and justice to our son who was murdered”, Shyam Sundar Sachdeva said.