The matter was rescheduled for hearing on January 14 by Chief Justice Ravi Ranjan and Justice Sujit Narayan Prasad.
The Jharkhand High Court reprimanded the CBI again on Friday for its slow progress in the investigation into the murder of Dhanbad judge Uttam Anand, and ordered it to file an affidavit on new developments in the case.
In order to give itself more time to come up with “new facts,” the CBI told a division bench of the Supreme Court that it has questioned as many as 200 people in the last few months in order to figure out who was behind the judge’s assassination.
Chief Justice Ravi Ranjan and Justice Sujit Narayan Prasad rescheduled the case for January 14 and ordered the CBI to submit an affidavit detailing the new developments.
On July 28, 2021, while out for his morning walk, Uttam Anand, an additional district judge and ranking judicial officer, was run over by an auto-rickshaw.
The entire incident was caught on camera by a CCTV camera installed by the Dhanbad district administration, and it stunned the judiciary across the country. The Jharkhand High Court has been following the case closely since its inception and has kept a close eye on the CBI’s investigation.
The bench had previously expressed its displeasure with the investigating agency’s slow pace of investigation. It had previously stated in December that the agency had filed multiple reports but had been unable to provide a plausible explanation for the events leading up to the murder.
It had brought up CBI in the case on several occasions. The HC had said in October that the investigating agency’s chargesheet in the case was like a “novel” and that the murder charge against the two accused persons had not been substantiated.
It had said on October 22 that the agency appeared to work like babus (clerks) while conducting the investigation and had filed a “stereotype” charge sheet.
The CBI, for its part, had previously assured the court that the investigation into the case is ongoing and that the connection between the two accused and a number of people is being investigated in order to link it to Anand’s murder.
The Supreme Court had ordered the Jharkhand High Court to keep an eye on the case’s investigation.