Judge BH Loya death row: SC dismisses plea for independent probe

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New Delhi: As per media reports the Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed plea for seeking an independent probe into death of judge BH Loya in Nagpur.

There were five PILs before the top court seeking a court-monitored SIT probe. All these petitions have been dismissed.

A three-judge Bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said there was no reason to doubt the statements of the four judges who were with Loya on the fateful night to attend a marriage in Nagpur.

The Bench agreed with the Maharashtra Government that it was a natural death caused by cardiac arrest.

The Bench made harsh adverse comments on the PIL petitioners for filing “frivolous petitions attacking the independence of judiciary”.

The Bench, also comprising Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice DY Chandrachud, noted that the petitioners’ conduct amounted to criminal contempt of court. But it chose not to issue contempt notice to the petitioners, reads a note in The Tribune.

Loya had died on December 1, 2014, in Nagpur where he had gone to attend the wedding of a colleague’s daughter.

He was hearing the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case in which various police officers and BJP president Amit Shah were named. Shah was later exonerated in the case.

His death has been hitting headlines since November 2017 after media reports quoting his sister raised questions about the circumstances surrounding his death and its alleged link to the Sohrabuddin case.

After Loya’s death, special judge MB Gosavi had discharged Shah and some other accused.

 

 

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