Supreme Court seeks report from Jharkhand on judge killing Dhananjay Mahapatra | TNN | Jul 31, 2021, 02:35 IST Get notifications on latest India News NEW DELHI: Rising number of attacks on judges and lawyers compelled a worried Supreme Court on Friday to take suo motu cognisance of the alleged killing of Dhanbad additional district judge Uttam Anand and order the Jharkhand chief secretary and the DGP to submit the status of the investigations within a week. Though on Thursday, CJI N V Ramana had talked to Jharkhand HC Chief Justice Ravi Ranjan, leading to the HC ordering probe into the incident, a bench of the CJI and Justice Surya Kant on Friday decided to take up the Jharkhand incident besides those on a pan-India basis, saying attacks on judges and lawyers were reported from across the country. The bench said safety and security of judicial officers and lawyers are of paramount importance for fearless and independent functioning of the justice dispensation system. On Thursday, SC Bar Association president Vikas Singh had mentioned the Dhanbad incident before the CJI and demanded a CBI probe, terming it a “brazen assault” on independence of judiciary.

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NEW DELHI: Rising number of attacks on judges and lawyers compelled a worried Supreme Court on Friday to take suo motu cognisance of the alleged killing of Dhanbad additional district judge Uttam Anand and order the Jharkhand chief secretary and the DGP to submit the status of the investigations within a week. Though on Thursday, CJI N V Ramana had talked to Jharkhand HC Chief Justice Ravi Ranjan, leading to the HC ordering probe into the incident, a bench of the CJI and Justice Surya Kant on Friday decided to take up the Jharkhand incident besides those on a pan-India basis, saying attacks on judges and lawyers were reported from across the country.
The bench said safety and security of judicial officers and lawyers are of paramount importance for fearless and independent functioning of the justice dispensation system. On Thursday, SC Bar Association president Vikas Singh had mentioned the Dhanbad incident before the CJI and demanded a CBI probe, terming it a “brazen assault” on independence of judiciary.

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