CBI begins investigation in case of death of judge Uttam Anand of Jharkhand

CBI begins investigation in case of death of judge Uttam Anand of Jharkhand

The IWC has sent a 20-member team to investigate the matter. (Archive)


After taking over the case of the death of Dhanbad judge Uttam Anand, the CBI team from Delhi jumped into action on Thursday to solve the problem that sparked outrage across the country.

The investigation team of the main investigative agency is headed by the Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP), Vijay Kumar Shukla.

On Wednesday, the CBI had taken over the investigation into the death of the 49-year-old judge who was allegedly run over by a heavy autorickshaw while jogging in the morning on July 28 in Dhanbad.

The IWC has sent a 20-member team to investigate the matter.

In addition to visiting the crash site, six team members also arrived at the Dhanbad Sadar Police Station and spoke with the district’s senior police officers who participated in the investigation as part of the Special Investigation Team (SIT).

A senior police officer said that in addition to the Dhanbad Sadar police station, the CBI team in different groups visited various locations associated with the tragic incident and questioned people in connection with the incident.

At the Sadar Police Station, the CBI team took information from the City Police Superintendent R Ramkumar, the Additional Police Superintendent Manoj Swargyari, and the Officer in Charge of the Police Station Vinay Kumar. All these policemen were also members of the SIT.

The 20-member ASP Shukla team arrived in Dhanbad on Wednesday and took over the case from Dhanbad Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) and SIT member Sanjiv Kumar.

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The team has started the investigation after housing FIR at the Dhanbad Sadar Police Station, charging car driver Lakhan Verma and his accomplice Rahul Verma under Section 302 of the IPC. Both defendants are in jail after their five days of pretrial detention ended Tuesday.

Mr. Anand was killed by a heavy autorickshaw on July 28 in Randhir Verma Chowk, near the district court, while walking in the morning around 5.30am.

CBI received the request from the government of Jharkhand, sent through the Center, to investigate the matter.

Jharkhand Prime Minister Hemant Soren had decided last Saturday to hand over the investigation into the hit-and-run case of the 49-year-old Dhanbad judge to the Central Bureau of Investigation.

CCTV footage showed the judge was jogging on the side of a fairly wide road in Randhir Verma Chowk when a heavy auto-rickshaw swerved towards him, struck him from behind and fled. Doctors at the hospital declared him dead.

The court of Chief Justice Ravi Ranjan and Judge Sujit Narayan Prasad had ordered the IWC to launch an investigation as soon as possible. He had also ordered the government to hand over all the documents in the case to the CBI.

Taking note of a letter filed with the court by the Dhanbad Chief District Judge in the case, Judge Ranjan had turned it into a writ petition and ordered the formation of an SIT headed by the Additional Director General of the Police, Sanjay. Latkar, to investigate the matter.

The bank, unhappy with the progress report, had questioned why there was a delay in registering an FIR in the case.

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The incident occurred at 5.30 am, and the FIR was registered at 12.45 pm when it was clear from CCTV footage that the judge was picked up from the scene and taken to a hospital, the court said.

On Tuesday, the Jharkhand High Court had detained the police for the way they were investigating the death by “feeding unnecessary questions” to the doctor about the possibility of head injuries from falling on a road surface when the report post -mortem clearly indicated that death was due to head injuries.

The court expressed dismay at the ways the Special Investigation Team (SIT) investigated the matter while hearing a PIL on the matter the day before.

The court said it posed questions to the investigating officer regarding the investigation in the presence of the Director General of Police and the head of the Special Investigation Team (SIT).

On July 30, the Supreme Court had also learned suo motu of the “sad death” of the Dhanbad judge.

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