Dhanbad Judge Death Case: Jharkhand HC Condemns CBI for Filing “Novel Type” Indictment
Dhanbad judges the murder case of Uttam Anand | Photo credit: Times Now
- The HC said the CBI had filed an indictment that “reads like a novel.”
- The HC observed that the agency’s investigation into the case was inconclusive.
Ranchi: On Friday, the Jharkhand High Court severely criticized the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) over its investigation into the alleged murder of Dhanbad Additional District Judge (ADJ) Uttam Ananad, pointing out that the investigative agency Federal filed an indictment that “reads like a novel.”
CBI investigation inconclusive, says HC
Expressing disappointment at the CBI’s investigation into the case, the High Court observed that the agency had failed to substantiate the murder charge against the accused and that no new facts had emerged from the during the investigation. The investigation is inconclusive, the High Court noted.
It was the second time in two weeks that the High Court has condemned the CBI in the case. On October 22, the court shut down the agency saying it appeared to have operated like a “babus” while investigating the case and filing a “stereotypical” charge sheet.
Death of ADJ Uttam Anand
WO Uttam Anand died after being struck by a rickshaw at Randhir Verma Chowk near the Magistrates Colony in Dhanbad on the morning of July 28. The incident initially appeared to be an accident, but CCTV footage hinted at foul play, prompting a murder investigation. CCTV footage showed the vehicle veering towards the judge, colliding with him and then pulling away. Therefore, the Supreme Court and the High Court of Jharkhand have taken cognizance of the case suo motu.
Autorickshaw driver Lakhan Verma and his accomplice Rahul Verma were arrested by district police. Both were charged with murder under the Indian Penal Code. Later, the Central Bureau of Investigation took charge of the case.
The CBI, after taking charge of the case, formed a 20-member Special Investigation Team (SIT) to conduct the investigation. After that, the CBI SIT fired the two arrested people, performed forensic psychology tests on them and recreated the scene.