Giridih: Jharkhand Chief Minister Shibu Soren on Saturday failed to appear before a local court which is hearing afresh the 1974 Kodko double murder case in which Soren is the lone accused.

The court fixed June 3 as the next date for hearing.

The case was transferred to the court following a request on April 16 by First Additional District Sessions Judge N. N. Singh who had concluded hearing and reserved judgement on April 3.

An FIR was filed on April 15, 1974, by one Bahadur Singh accusing Soren of heading a group that allegedly killed Khirodar Singh and Chundi Singh following slaughter of a goat at Kodko village. The charge-sheet was filed in 1978. Soren is the sole accused now, since eight others were acquitted in 1986. -- PTI