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Dhanbad judge’s death: Jharkhand High Court asks SIT to submit report by August 3

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The Jharkhand High Court has directed the Special Investigation Team probing the death of a Dhanbad judge to submit its report by August 3, Bar and Bench reported on Saturday. The division bench of Chief Justice Ravi Ranjan and Justice Sujit Narayan was hearing a suo motu case regarding the death of Dhanbad Additional Sessions Judge Uttam Anand, who was hit by a vehicle on July 28.

“We want a speedy, fair and professional investigation in the matter,” the court said.

The police in Jharkhand formed the SIT after CCTV footage showed an autorickshaw suddenly swerving towards Anand, who was walking on an empty road, and hitting him. The vehicle then drove away.

The bench also directed the Jharkhand director general of police to inform the court about the crime rate in the state post January, 2020.

“We are directing the S.I.T. to submit a report on the next date of hearing,” read the court’s order. “Let an affidavit be filed disclosing as to when the information regarding the occurrence was received by the police and the time when the F.I.R. was registered. Let an information be also given to us as to whether the procedure of post mortem was video-graphed or not?”

The court also expressed its concern over the death of the judge. “Apprehending…

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