In recent developments on the death of district judge Uttam Anand, the Supreme Court on August 6 sent a notice to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to work and cooperate with the police officials on the case.
The bench stated that neither the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) nor the Intelligence Bureau is helping the judiciary.
The notice had stated that when favorable judgments are not favoring high-profile individuals, there’s often a move aiming to malign the judiciary branch of the democracy.
As reported by Bar and Bench, the notice stated that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Intelligence Bureau aren’t helping the judiciary, even after the judges file complaints to the CBI. The court is to hear this matter on August 9. General K. K. Venugopal will assist the Supreme Court on the case.
Press Trust of India reported that the apex court had mentioned to KK Venugopal that there are numerous cases involving high-profile individuals and gangsters, which results in the advocate or judge overseeing the case being threatened or sending abusive messages.
The Supreme Court termed the incident serious and highlighted that there had been many cases where a judge or advocate’s life was at risk for overseeing sensitive and complicated cases.
The Apex court has asked the states to formulate a report highlighting the cases and reports of security offered to the judges of their states.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) formed a team of 20 members to investigate the judge’s death. ASP Vijay Kumar Shukla heads the team.
The team reviewed the nuances of the case and the work done by the police officials. The Special Investigation Team was formed by the orders of the Jharkhand High Court.
The Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) of Dhanbad, Sanjiv Kumar, has confirmed that the CBI has taken over the case. The police officials currently investigating the case handed over the case files to the CBI officials on August 5.
The police officials investigating the matter had interrogated several criminals lodged in the Dhanbad jail, including Raunak Gupta, Chandan Yadav, Vikash Singh, Ravi Thakur.
The police also questioned Neeraj Singh, a shooter in the area, and he is the prime accused of the Neeraj Singh murder case. Uttam Anand, on July 28, was hit by an autorickshaw while taking a stroll in the neighborhood.
During his last days, he was working on sensitive cases and had denied bail to Aman Singh, a shooter. The police have speculated that his death could be the result of him looking over these acute cases.
Police have arrested two suspects, Lakhan Verma, the driver of the autorickshaw, which hit Anand, and Rahul Verma, who is the accomplice of Lakhan.
The police had consulted the High Court for permission to conduct a brain mapping and narco analysis of the accused. The post-mortem report of Anand had suggested that he’d endured head and jaw injuries.
However, there’s still another speculation of whether his death was due to the court case he was looking over or a result of road rage.
The post-mortem report is to be verified at a different laboratory. The motive behind the crime is not yet known.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) registered a case under the Indian Penal Code Section 302 for murder. In July, the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) had called for an independent investigation by the CBI, calling it an attack on judicial independence.