On the 29th of July 2021, the Jharkhand High Court took suo moto cognizance on the death of ADJ Uttam Anand in a hit-and-run case. CCTV footage recovered shows the exact moment of ADJ Uttam Anand’s death on the 28th of July, 2021 at around 5 AM. The footage clearly shows an auto driver intentionally hitting the Judge. Based on the said footage, two people have been apprehended.
The incident occurred while the Judge was on his morning walk. Family members informed the police when Judge Anand did not return as usual. The police were later informed that he had been taken to a nearby hospital by a passer-by and succumbed to his injuries in the hospital.
The daylight murder of the Additional District Judge has had serious repercussions on the independence and working of the judicial system in India. President of the Supreme Court Bar Association, (SCBA), the Senior Advocate Vikas Singh on the 29th of July 2021, presented the matter before a Supreme Court bench of Justice DY Chandrachud. Justice Chandrachud suggested that the matter be heard by the Chief Justice of India. Later in the day, Vikas Singh urged Justice Ramana to inquire into the matter and initiate a CBI investigation. Therein it was informed that the matter had already been taken up by the Jharkhand High Court thereby negating the intervention of the Supreme Court.
Justice Anand was said to have been involved in several high-profile cases and had recently rejected bail applications of two gangsters of the infamous Aman Singh gang. A murder case involving Ranjay Singh who was a close assistant of a Jharia MLA was also pending before his Court.
Chief Justice Dr Ravi Ranjan of the Jharkhand High Court issued the order directing the SSP, Dhanbad to remain present before the Court. CCTV footage of the incident shows the appearance of an unidentified man on an auto-rickshaw before and after the incident. He is believed to be one of the perpetrators in this case.