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Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren sends Dhanbad judge death case to CBI

Soren made the recommendation a day after he met Anand’s family.

Written by Abhishek Angad | Ranchi |
Updated: August 1, 2021 7:32:37 am
Dhanbad: Special Investigating Team (SIT) investigates the accident spot of Additional District Judge Uttam Anand's alleged murder case, in Dhanbad, Saturday, July 31, 2021. (PTI)

Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren Saturday recommended a CBI investigation into the death of Dhanbad Additional Sessions Judge Uttam Anand in an alleged hit-and-run incident.

Soren made the recommendation a day after he met Anand’s family. Also Friday, the Supreme Court, taking suo motu cognisance of Anand’s death on July 28, said that the “gruesome incident” had “larger ramifications”, and the court would address larger questions of security for judges across the country.

The bench of Chief Justice N V Ramana and Justice Surya Kant directed the Jharkhand Chief Secretary and DGP to jointly submit a report in a week’s time on the status of the investigation into the incident.

On Saturday, the CM Secretariat, in a press release, said: “The CM has given orders for the CBI to investigate into the death of Judge Uttam Anand. CM had met family members of Judge Anand and had assured that justice would prevail.”

Soren also took to Twitter to announce his decision to recommend a CBI probe into the incident.

The Jharkhand government had formed a Special Investigation Team to probe the incident after police opened a murder investigation and arrested two persons who were in the autorickshaw which veered off the road to knock down the judge who was on a morning run.

Police sources said the two arrested men claimed they were “drunk” at the time of the incident.

The SIT, headed by Jharkhand ADG (Operations) Sanjay Anand Latkar, questioned the men and formed teams to ascertain antecedents.

Before the CBI probe was ordered, police sources had said: “We have sent their blood and urine samples for FSL to get it on record. However, they told police they were drunk when they hit the judge. We are yet to ascertain any motive for the incident. One of them is a ‘hardened criminal’.”

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