SC says matter of Dhanbad judicial officer's killing already with Jharkhand HC
The Supreme Court on Thursday said that the Chief Justice of Jharkhand High Court has already taken up the matter related to the alleged killing of an Additional District Judge (ADG) of Dhanbad and concerned officers in the case have been asked to be present before it.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday said that the Chief Justice of Jharkhand High Court has already taken up the matter related to the alleged killing of an Additional District Judge (ADG) of Dhanbad and concerned officers in the case have been asked to be present before it.
Senior lawyer and former Additional Solicitor General Vikas Singh mentioned the ADJ Dhanbad, Uttam Anand's death case before the Chief Justice of India (CJI) bench, requesting it to take suo motu cognisance of the brutal incident.
The bench led by the CJI Nuthalapati Venkata Ramana said that he spoke to the Chief Justice of the High court in the morning today about the incident.
"We are aware of this incident. The high court has issued notice to the police and district officials. They are hearing this matter today. Let them handle it. Does not require interference by us at this stage," CJI Ramana said.
Singh said that if someone is killed in an incident like this after rejecting a gangster's bail, then this is a dangerous situation, adding that it is an important issue, and is "in the interest of justice."
Singh mentioned this before the Supreme Court bench, headed by the CJI Ramana, after another bench led by Justice Dr Chandrachud earlier asked Singh that the matter may be mentioned before the CJI bench.
The Apex Court also said that it was overwhelmed at the initiative of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) and lauded the steps taken by it in the case. The Jharkhand High Court on Thursday took suo motu cognizance of the alleged broad daylight killing of a Dhanbad district judge and the hearing in the case is underway.
Rajiv Ranjan, Advocate General, Jharkhand, said, "The high court sought detail from the police and government. A special investigation team (SIT) has been constituted. An assistant director-general (ADG) level officer will head the SIT. Initially, the Superintendent of Police. Dhanbad was heading the SIT, now a headquarter level SIT will investigate. The Hight court will monitor the case."(ANI)