Jharkhand government recommends CBI probe into hit-and-run death of Dhanbad judge | India News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: The Jharkhand government has recommended Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the hit-and-run death of Dhanbad additional district judge Uttam Anand.
CCTV footages showed that the 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.
The Jharkhand high court had ordered an SIT probe, headed by additional director general of police Sanjay Latkar, after taking cognizance of a letter filed before the court by the Dhanbad principal district judge in the case.
Chief Justice Ravi Ranjan of the high court had converted it into a writ petition, and ordered the formation of the SIT.
The high court has stated it will monitor the probe and will seek updates from the SIT from time to time.
On Friday, the Supreme Court also took suo motu cognizance of the “gruesome incident” and had said that reports and video clippings suggested “it was not a case of simplicitor road accident.”
The top court had sought a status report within a week on probe from Jharkhand’s chief secretary and the DGP.
The Jharkhand police has arrested two people, auto driver Lakhan Verma and his helper Rahul Verma, in connection with the case.
The arrests were made following the recovery of the three-wheeler involved in the incident, senior superintendent of police, Dhanbad, Sanjiv Kumar, had said, adding the three-wheeler recovered from Giridih is registered in a woman’s name.
Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren had met the family members of Anand and told them that the state government was serious about the investigation into the matter.
The CM said as soon as the matter came into knowledge of the government, a team of senior police officials was constituted to crack the case.

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