Dhanbad Judge Dead: Jharkhand HC Takes suo moto cognizance as Foul Play Suspected

The deceased judge was involved in several high-profile cases and had recently rejected the bail plea of a shooter from Uttar Pradesh.

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On Wednesday morning, an additional district and sessions judge in Dhanbad, Uttam Anand, was killed after being hit by an unidentified vehicle when he was out on his daily morning walk, the Hindustan Times reported. The judge was rushed to Dhanbad medical college by the locals but was declared dead.

The police started looking for the judge after his family raised alarm when he did not return back home from his morning walk and later on during the police search his driver identified his dead body at the hospital.

The incident had initially appeared as a routine accident but a CCTV footage of the incident has surfaced which suggests ‘foul play.’

In the footage, Mr. Anand can be out on his morning walk when an unidentifiable vehicle ‘deliberately hit’ him near the Magistrate colony in Dhanbad and then fled the scene.

Following the appearance of the CCTV footage that suggests foul play, the Jharkhand High Court has taken suo moto cognizance of the death of Additional District Judge (ADJ) of Dhanbad district. The Court has issued orders asking SSP, Dhanbad, to remain present on Thursday.

The deceased judge was involved in several high-profile cases and had recently rejected the bail plea of a shooter from Uttar Pradesh. Among other cases, the murder case of Ranjay Singh, a close aide of Jharia MLA Sanjeev Singh, was also pending before his Court, Live Law reported.

Supreme Court Bar Association President Vikas Singh, brought the incident to the attention of the Supreme Court on Thursday and demanded a CBI probe.

An FIR in this connection has been filed by the Dhanbad police and the police have said that all possible angles will be probed in the case. The police have constituted an SIT which will be led by city SP who will look into all possible reasons. The police have also requested the family of the deceased judge to register an FIR in this case, the Hindustan Times reported.

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