The Kudko murder case in which Jharkhand Chief Minister Shibu Soren is the lone accused was transferred to another court on Friday, a day before its judgement was to be delivered.
The First Additional District Sessions Judge (ADJ), N N Singh, who had concluded the hearing and reserved judgement in the case, on Thursday sent a letter to District and Sessions Judge, Sanjay Prasad, requesting him to transfer the case from his court to any other court "due to some reasons".
Court officials said on Friday in Giridih that a court order for transfer of the case from Singh's court to ADJ Mohammad Qasim's court has been released.
On April 3, First ADJ, N N Singh, had concluded hearing in the 36-year-old case and set April 17 as the date for delivering the verdict.
According to a senior advocate, the transfer could delay the verdict as the new court might hear the case afresh.
An FIR was filed on April 15, 1974 by Bahadur Singh, who accused Soren of heading a group that allegedly killed Khirodar Singh and Chundi Singh, following the slaughter of a goat at Kudko village, which comes under Pirtand police station in Giridih district.
The chargesheet was filed in 1978.
Soren is the sole accused after eight other accused were acquitted in 1986.