A Giridih court on Monday told Jharkhand Chief Minister Shibu Soren, who could not attend it as had been asked earlier, to appear before it on February 3 in connection with a 35-year-old double murder case.

The Additional District and Sessions Judge (First), N N Singh’s direction came after Mr. Soren’s counsel Prakash Sahay pleaded for time.

Mr. Soren was made one of the accused in the double murder case which had occurred on April 15, 1974 over the killing of a goat at Kudko under Pirtand police station in Giridih.

Also the JMM president, Mr. Soren was present in the Jharkhand assembly, the first session of which began on Monday.

Mr. Soren, who took oath as the Chief Minister on December 30 at the head of a five-party coalition, will take the trust vote on January 7.