Supreme Court's verdict on Judge Loya's death receives mixed reactions

Glen Norman
April 20, 2018

Union minister Prakash Javadekar on Thursday rubbished Congress' questions relating to the Supreme Court verdict rejecting a batch of pleas seeking a probe into the alleged mysterious death of judge BH Loya.

Joint CP Nagpur Shivaji Bodkhe has said that the investigation was done professionally by Nagpur Police and those documents and evidence have been presented in the SC, on which the decision was based.

Judicial orders passed by Bombay High Court judges who were part of the probe were also drawn in to make insinuations against them.

Five petitioners, including activist Tehseen Poonawala and journalist Bandhuraj Lone, had moved the Supreme Court seeking a fresh probe into Loya's death.

Meanwhile, those seeking an independent probe into the matter had referred to the sequence of events to highlight that a fair investigation was needed to rule out any foul play in the death. "The attempt of the petitioners was to malign the judiciary", the bench hearing the petitions said. "Judge Brijgopal Harkishan Loya's suspicious death has anguished and caused concern in large sections of our populace, for he was trying the Tulsiram Prajapati/Sohrabuddin encounter case, where one of the accused was none less than BJP National President Shri Amit Shah", he said, highlighting the political significance of the case.

Judge Loya had died of cardiac arrest in Nagpur on December 1, 2014 when he had gone to attend the wedding of a colleague's daughter. "There are a number of unanswered questions", said Srinivas Loya, the uncle of the judge. "Bharat Tere Tukde Honge" gang might choose to ignore the Supreme Court but the Nation knows truth has prevailed.? "It was a conspiracy by the Congress and its chief Gandhi to finish the political career of BJP President Amit Shah, as part of which wrong accusations were made and an over 100-strong delegation was taken to the President", Prasad said.

Meanwhile, the Bombay Lawyers Association, one of the petitioners, has chose to file a review petition in the Supreme Court against the verdict. "It will be true to say the invisible hand, the invisible body that the Supreme Court is talking none other than Rahul Gandhi and the Congress", he said.

The state government had defended its probe, which established that Loya's death was natural, and categorically stated that a fresh probe will "unnecessarily bring the judiciary into disrepute".

Holding that there was absolutely no merit in the petition, a bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud, said that Judge Loya had met a natural death. After Loya's death, Shah was discharged and the CBI refused to file an appeal against the verdict.

Spokespersons Sambit Patra and Gaurav Bhatia addressed one of them, held immediately after the verdict was announced.

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