Dhanbad judge death: SC issues notice to CBI for not responding to judges’ complaints, matter posted to Aug 9
Terming the incidents of judges being threatened as serious, the SC on Friday asked states to file status reports on the security provided to the judicial officers.
On Friday, the Supreme Court issued a notice to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in connection with the case of the alleged killing of a Jharkhand judge in Dhanbad, who was fatally knocked down by a vehicle on July 28.
The CBI took over the investigation into the Dhanbad judge murder case earlier this week.
Terming the incidents of judges being threatened as serious, the SC On Friday asked the states to file status reports on the security provided to the judicial officers.
There is a new trend to malign the judiciary when favourable orders aren’t passed in favour of high-profile people. The IB (Intelligence Bureau) and CBI aren’t helping the judiciary at all. When judges complain, they don’t respond, the court said as quoted in Bar and Bench.
Thecourt has asked Attorney General KK Venugopal to assist the bench on Monday (August 9) when the matter will be heard next.
A case has been registered under IPC Section 302 (murder) after the Jharkhand government recommended for a CBI probe. The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA), last month had called for an independent CBI probe into Anand’s death.
This is an attack on judicial independence. If a judiciary has to remain independent, judges have to be safe, SCBA president and senior advocate Vikas Singh had said. This matter should be probed by CBI as local police can be complicit.
District and Sessions Judge-8 of Dhanbad court, Uttam Anand, was out on a morning walk on July 28 when he was killed by an auto-rickshaw at Randhir Verma Chowk near the district court in the Sadar police station area.
CCTV footage showed that the judge was jogging on one side of a fairly wide road at Randhir Verma Chowk when a heavy auto-rickshaw veered towards him, hit him from behind and fled. Doctors declared him brought dead.
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