Jharkhand Judge killed in hit and run incident, SIT formed to probe death

Additional sessions and district judge Uttam Anand in Dhanbad

A Special Investigation Team (SIT) has been formed to probe the death of additional sessions and district judge Uttam Anand in Dhanbad, after CCTV footage showed that a vehicle ‘deliberately hit’ him near the Magistrate Colony in Dhanbad while he was on his morning jog.

The ADJ Anand died after being hit by a three-wheeled vehicle in broad daylight on Wednesday.

The CCTV footage of the incident shows the appearance of an unidentified man on a three-wheeler just before and after the incident, Live Law reported. He is believed to be one of the conspirators to a suggested foul-play.

Though bystanders rushed Judge Anand to a medical college, doctors declared him dead on arrival. The body was not identified for a while, according to reports.

The Supreme Court has taken note of the judge’s death.

The shocking incident was brought to the attention of the Supreme Court today morning by Supreme Court Bar Association President Vikas Singh, who demanded a CBI probe. The Chief Justice of India informed Vikas Singh that the Jharkhand High Court has taken up the case.

The Chief Justice of Jharkhand High Court has issued orders asking SSP, Dhanbad, to remain present today. The Court is likely to ask for details about the death of the Dhanbad district judge.

The judge had recently rejected the bail petitions of two members of a gang based in Uttar Pradesh, who are accused in a high-profile murder case, according to The Telegraph. However, the police said it is too soon to establish any connections between the bail hearing and the ostensible ‘accident’.

“I have constituted an SIT led by the city SP who will look into all possible reasons. The CCTV footage and all related aspects would be analysed and identify the vehicle. We have respected the victim’s family members to file a complaint and we will register an FIR,” said Dhanbad senior superintendent of police (SSP) Sanjeev Kumar, according to Hindustan Times.