Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Judge Loya death: SC says 'serious matter,' needs bi-party hearing

Judge Loya death: SC says 'serious matter,' needs bi-party hearing

The apex court had yesterday agreed to hear two separate pleas filed by Poonawalla and Maharashtra-based journalist B R Lone, seeking independent probe into the death of Loya.

In connection with the plea seeking independent probe into the death of special CBI judge B H Loya, who was hearing the Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case, the Supreme Court will hear the case on Friday. Advocate Anita Shenoy appeared for petitioner Maharashtra-based journalist Banduraj Sambhaji Lone. It scheduled the next hearing for Monday, January 15. The counsel contended that they were representing Bombay Lawyers Association which had already filed a similar petition before the Bombay High Court and that is coming up for hearing on January 23.

The bench, however, said it will look into the petitions but will also consider the objections raised. The case has been a contention of doubt, as Loya's family allege that he was taken to the hospital without any respectable supervision and died because of neglect, while Justice Gavai has said that he was sent to the hospital along with a court official and a judge who hailed from Mumbai. Senior advocate Dushyant Dave had said Loya's death had occurred in "extremely suspicious circumstances". Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah, who was the home minister of Gujarat when the alleged fake encounter took place, was one of the accused in the case.

Justice Loya had died in a mysterious condition when he went to a friend's relative marriage in Nagpur. By end-December 2015, Gosavi had dropped all charges against Shah.

The issue had come under the spotlight in November a year ago after media reports quoting his sister fuelled suspicion about the circumstances surrounding his death and its link to the Sohrabuddin case. Loya had alleged that he was under huge pressure while hearing Sohrabuddin encounter case.

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