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SC to hear plea for probe into Special CBI Judge B.H. Loya’s death

January 11,2018:

Judge Loya
Judge Loya

Supreme Court will hear on Friday a plea seeking an independent probe into the death of special CBI judge B.H. Loya, who was hearing the Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case.

On Thursday, Apex Court Bench, comprising CJI Dipak Misra and Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud, took note of the submission seeking an urgent hearing on the plea for a probe into Loya’s death on December 1, 2014.

Plea was filed by Maharashtra-based journalist B.R. Lone. He submitted that a fair probe was needed into mysterious death of Special CBI Judge Loya, who was hearing the sensitive Sohrabuddin encounter case in which various police officers and BJP president Amit Shah were named as parties.

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

Bombay HC’s Division Bench of Justice S.C. Dharmadhikari and Justice B.H. Dangre was also hearing a PIL petition filed by Bombay Lawyers Association seeking an enquiry into events and circumstances surrounding death of Judge Loya in the light of a news report.

PIL mentions the chronology of the events: Death of Sohrabuddin, his wife Kausar Bi, his aide Tulsiram Prajapati, transfer of Judge J.T. Utpat and coming in of Judge Loya.

PIL then quotes article in The Caravan magazine on November 21, 2017, about Loya’s sister Anuradha Biyani questioning her brother’s death.

PIL further points out how Judge Loya confided to his sister that the then Chief Justice of the High Court, Mohit Shah, had offered him a bribe of ₹ 100 crore in return for a favourable judgment, as per the news article.

Petition quotes the article in which Anuradha says that she recounts the day when BJP Minister Amit Shah was discharged in the case and it was soon after the new judge came on board.

Bombay Lawyers Association’s Counsel submitted before Court that matter must be heard urgently as there are many rumours and versions behind the death of Loya.

HC Bench has posted the matter on January 23,2018.

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