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Jharkhand judge was deliberately hit by autorickshaw: CBI tells court

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Ranchi: The Central Bureau of Investigation on Thursday revealed a shocking finding in Jharkhand district judge killing case alleging that judge Uttam Anand was intentionally run over by an autorickshaw while on a morning jog in July, the investigating agency told the state’s High Court, as it provided the Jharkhand High Court with an update on the investigation. 

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Expressing concern over the issue, the court said, “This was the first time that a judge was deliberately killed. If the matter is not resolved at the earliest it will be detrimental to the legal system.”

Agency sources told that the reconstructions of the crime scene, examination of CCTV footage, including a 3D analysis, and forensic evidence all suggest Uttam Anand was deliberately killed. The CBI had reportedly engaged four separate forensic teams – from Gujarat’s Gandhinagar, Delhi and Mumbai – to analyse the evidence.

All four reports “conclusively suggested that the judge was intentionally hit”.

The report from the Directorate of Forensic Science (DFS) Gandhinagar on brain mapping and narco analysis is being examined. The investigation on the motive and conspiracy is underway.

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Dhanbad District Judge Uttam Anand was killed after being hit by a speeding autorickshaw during his morning walk. Hours later, the investigation into the CCTV footage seemed to indicate that the incident may have been deliberate and not an accident.

CCTV footage showed that the judge, Uttam Anand, was jogging on one side of a fairly wide road at Randhir Verma Chowk near the district court early on July 28 when a heavy auto-rickshaw veered towards him, hit him from behind, and fled the scene.

Dhanbad police seized the vehicle from Giridih district and arrested the auto-rickshaw driver Lakhan Verma and his assistant Rahul Verma.

The CBI team had collected the details of cases pending or executed by Uttam Anand. The agency is also probing whether any other persons who have been denied bail in the court of Uttam Anand may have any link with his death. The CBI is sending notices to several persons, including the accused persons and the litigants, and is calling them in for questioning.

The CBI has interrogated several key persons whose cases were being dealt by judge Uttam Anand, including two accomplices of Neeraj Singh murder case shooter Aman Singh whose bail were denied by Uttam Anand.

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Uttam Anand, 49, was killed July 28 after an autorickshaw rammed into him. Some locals found him lying in a pool of blood and took him to a hospital, where doctors declared him dead on arrival.

At that time the judge Anand was handling many cases of mafia killings in Dhanbad and was also hearing the murder case of Ranjay Singh, who was a close confidante of former Jharia MLA Sanjiv Singh, as well as Suresh Singh murder case.

A Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the state police was probing the case initially. The state government later handed it over to the CBI which started its investigation on August 4.

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