The Bench of CJI NV Ramana and Justice Surya Kant directed the Chief Secretary of Jharkhand while listing the case and DGP of State to submit a report on the status of the investigation into the death of Judge Uttam Anand.

On Friday, a suo motu case was registered on protecting judges in a significant development, the Supreme Court of India directed the Chief Secretary and Jharkhand’s Director General of Police to submit an investigation report into the death of Judge Anand within a week. The case was filed regarding the death of the judge of Dhanbad District and Sessional Judge Uttam Anand after a vehicle ran into him while he was on his morning walk, killing him.

It was initially believed that the death of judge Anand was an accident, but later when CCTV footage of the incident was surfaced, leading to the conclusion that the vehicle was intentionally rammed into him as he was walking along the side of the road in the morning.

It was stated by the top court that it has been notified that “similar events are taking place across the country”.

“Taking into consideration the commitment and responsibility of the State to create an environmental condition that provides full security and protection to the judicial officials as well as the legal fraternity so their duties can be performed fearlessly by them, we consider to take this matter suo motu”, the order read.

While taking the suo Motu cognizance, CJI NV Ramana noted that “gruesome incident has been reported widely in the newspapers and video clips are also being spread on different social media platforms, suggesting that the case was not of simpliciter road accident”.

The matter was decided to be heard next on 6th August when the Jharkhand State’s Advocate General has been directed to appear before the bench. A copy of the order has been dealt upon India’s Attorney General’s office KK Venugopal for his assistance on the case.

Some high-profile cases were being heard by Judge Anand that included the murder case of Ranjay Singh, close assistant of Jharia MLA Sanjeev Singh. Moreover, recently a two members bail petition has been rejected by him of a gang of Aman Singh, a gangster in Uttar Pradesh.

After his death, suo motu cognizance of the incident was taken by the Jharkhand High Court and the issue is being monitored.

In its order, the Supreme Court made it clear that the case will not be affected by the order before Jharkhand High Court and the proceedings can be continued by the High Court in the suo motu case started by it.

Written By – Ayeza Faridi

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