Concerns about the safety of judges and lawyers prompt the Supreme Court to investigate the suspicious death of a Jharkhand judge
The Supreme Court took suo motu cognizance of the death of a Jharkhand judge on Friday and has requested a report from Jharkhand's chief secretary and DGP on the investigation's progress. The Supreme Court has stated that the Jharkhand High Court will continue to monitor the investigation into the alleged mowing down of a Jharkhand judge.
CJI Ramana stated, "On Wednesday, an unfortunate incident occurred in which an ADJ was hit by an autorickshaw." This heinous incident was accurately reported in the press and on social media, and it was taken seriously by the Chief Justice of the High Court.”After considering similar incidents threatening the lives of judges and lawyers across the country, the Supreme Court took cognizance of the Jharkhand judge's death case.
“We decided to take it up suo moto even though we are aware that the Jharkhand High Court has already taken it up suo moto,” the Supreme Court stated.
“We direct the state secretary and the DGP of Jharkhand to file a report before the registry,” the court added. We are not interfering with the proceedings before the Jharkhand High Court.”Two people were arrested on Thursday in connection with the Dhanbad hit-and-run that killed Judge Uttam Anand during his morning jog on Wednesday. The arrests were made following the recovery of the three-wheeler involved in the incident, according to Sanjiv Kumar, Senior Superintendent of Police in Dhanbad.
Uttam Anand, district and sessions judge-8 of Dhanbad court, was jogging on one side of a fairly wide road at Randhir Verma Chowk early on Wednesday when a heavy auto-rickshaw veered towards him, hit him from behind, and fled the scene, according to CCTV footage.
Locals rushed him to a nearby hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead on arrival.According to reports, Anand, a strict judge in Dhanbad, recently denied bail to some gangsters, and the incident may be a result of this decision.