Jharkhand HC in Dhanbad Judge Killing; Police is “Feeding Questions”
- Autopsy reports claim the death occurred due to a hard and blunt substance that caused a head injury
- The Court demands Police to unearth the conspiracy
- A CBI probe is being recommended
Ranchi: The Jharkhand High Court came down heavily on the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the alleged murder of Dhanbad judge Uttam Anand, stating that “Jharkhand Police was feeding questions to get a particular answer”.
While hearing the case suo motu, Hon. The High Court noted that the autopsy reports claimed that the death occurred when a hard and blunt substance caused a head injury. However, the Police continue to ask if the death was caused due to a fall.
Mr. Vinay Kumar, the Investigating Officer had framed a questionnaire, wherein it asked Dr Kumar Shubhendu, Assistant Professor at Shaheed Nirmal Mahto Medical College (SNMMC) Dhanbad; “Please explain whether the injuries in the head are possible by the fall on the road surface?”
To this, the Bench of Chief Justice Ravi Ranjan and Justice Sujit Narayan said, “when the Investigating Agency is investigating the occurrence in order to find out the reason of death, then how and under what circumstances such question is being asked by the Investigating Officer from the concerned doctor, that too when the CCTV footage clarifies the entire scene of occurrence?”
The Court further emphasized on the need to unearth the conspiracy and catch the “mastermind”. “Time would be of essence in this investigation”, said the Bench and ordered the Police to investigate without any further delays. The Court has taken a note of the recommendations of a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe and a notification by the agency is likely to come soon.