Supreme Court to Hear Plea for Probe Into Judge Loya's Death Tomorrow

Supreme Court to Hear Plea for Probe Into Judge Loya's Death Tomorrow

Cheryl Sanders
January 13, 2018

On Thursday, the bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra accepted advocate Anita Shenoy's plea for an urgent hearing of the petition, moved by Mumbai journalist B.S. Lone.

The Bombay Lawyers Association on Saturday claimed that a Supreme Court case asking to investigate the death of special Central Bureau of Investigation judge Brijgopal Harkishan Loya was motivated and was filed only after the Bombay Lawyers Association had filed a similar case at the Bombay High Court.

The plea was filed by Maharashtra-based journalist B.R.Lone before the Supreme Court. The bench said it would consider the objections.

Warning that democracy is at stake, four senior judges of the Supreme Court Friday mounted a virtual revolt against the country's chief justice, raising questions on "selective" case allocation and certain judicial orders, sending shockwaves across the judiciary and polity. Specifically the Honorable Judges have highlighted issued two issues, One, the long silence of the government of India of the Memorandum of Procedures finalised by the Supreme Court. Several judges who were with Loya at the time of his death too testified that there was no foul play and that he had suffered a cardiac arrest.

Judge Loya died of heart attack on December 1, 2014 while on a visit to Nagpur, where he had gone to attend the wedding of a colleague's daughter.

Earlier, the bench had listed the plea seeking an independent probe in this case to be taken up on 15th January.

The issue came under the spotlight in November a year ago after a report in Caravan magazine linked the circumstances surrounding Loya's death to the trial in Sohrabuddin case.

A total of 23 accused, including police personnel, are facing trial for their involvement in the alleged fake encounter of Sohrabuddin Shaikh, his wife Kausar Bi and their associate Tulsidas Prajapati in Gujarat in November 2005.

The court did not entertain the submission and said, "We will not come in the way". His family has raised doubts over the circumstances in which Judge Loya died and have sought an independent probe into it. Another petition has also been filed by Congress leader Tehseen Poonawala on the same issue.

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